PROJECT Roma Street Parklands
LOCATION Brisbane, QLD
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT PARC collaborative, consisting of Gillespie’s in association with DEM, Landplan and Civitas
This 16 hectare park located in Brisbane’s Central Business District was completed in 2001 converting a brownfields site into an urban oasis. A consortium of designers (DEM, Gillespies Australia, Landplan Studios and Civitas of Canada) was formed to design the park.
The aim of the design was to create a park with a series of ‘rooms’ displaying a variety of native sub-tropical vegetation linked to the surrounding city network. Spaces include a Celebration Lawn, Spectacle Garden, lawns and terraces enclosed by the Serenity Garden, a mist gully as well as the rejuvenated Albert Park. A waterfall links Albert Park to the Serenity Garden, whilst a series of wetlands filter stormwater from the inner city. Converting the industrial site into waterways, open spaces and vegetated areas has created habitat for wildlife, adding additional interest to the parklands.
The designers’ aimed to challenge the notion that Australian plants were dull and unsuited to urban environments, using a range of Queensland species. Information is provided throughout the gardens on the plants.
The parklands received an AILA National Project Award in 2002. The award jury remarked on the skilful planting design employed by the Landscape Architects which interprets Queensland’s unique indigenous environments “making them accessible and interesting to urban dwellers”.
The designers’ have created a vital green space within a short walk to the city providing a variety of recreation experiences for users as well as contact with nature.