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
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
Forest Edge Garden, Lower Hunter Valley, New South Wales
The best design is invisible and so it is with this private garden, set in the Australian bush, that picked up the award for excellence for gardens. The Jane Irwin designers set out to create a garden that will ‘meld’ into the natural landscape. Judges said of the garden: ‘The work is unpresumptuous, with its chief ambition being to augment existing landscape and further integrate an ensemble of existing buildings and pool with the site’s qualities.’
Photograph: Dianna Snape/Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture
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