Architectural landscape awards: healing gardens, penguin viewing areas and nature trails


The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects recently handed out their trophies for landscape architecture projects at the National Landscape Architecture Awards.
From urban hospital gardens to penguin viewing areas, from gorge trails to cultural precincts, all the projects focused on green spaces and sustainably minded infrastructure ‘to promote health, social and economic prosperity for urban and regional communities’.


Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland

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Landscape architects Conrad Gargett picked up the award for excellence for civic landscape for their healing garden at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. According to judges, it was a complex brief, not least because of its location with restricted access and a sloping site. The resulting design included 11 rooftop gardens for therapy, rehabilitation and recreation, a green roof with 23,000 plants and a community plaza featuring six 30-year-old transplanted fig trees.

Photograph: Christopher Frederick Jones/Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital


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