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Parks Changing Australia

November 2016

Landscape Architects: Reimagining and Transforming the Outside World. – AILA National

A number  of TCL’s nationally significant projects including The Australian Garden in Cranbourne, Birrarung Marr in Melbourne, National Arboretum in Canberra and North Terrace in Adelaide feature in AILA National’s current exhibition ‘Parks Changing Australia’.

The exhibition at the National Museum Australia in Canberra showcases Australian contemporary parks, plazas, squares and streets which are re-shaping Australian cities, increasing people’s health and wellbeing and building more ecologically sustainable urban environments.

Parks Changing Australia will run until the 26th April 2017.  

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Winners of the 2016 AILA National Awards announced

October 2016

NIMBY ‘Not in My Backyard’ -AILA’s annual Festival of Landscape Architecture Conference kicked off at the National Arboretum in Canberra last night with the National Landscape Architecture Awards event.  

TCL in collaboration with Architects TZG were the former recipients of The Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture for the National Arboretum, an internationally recognised project and the setting for much of this year’s conference events.

TCL won a total of three National awards including two Urban Design Landscape Architecture Awards for Elizabeth Quays (in collaboration with ARM Architecture) in Perth and Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga (with TZG Architects) in Adelaide.

Adelaide Botanical Gardens Wetlands was awarded the Parks and Open Space Landscape Architecture Award.

TCL would like to thank and congratulate all involved in these award-winning projects, and in particular our talented and dedicated staff. For more information on the AILA National Awards checkout ArchitectureAU

Photograph by Peter Bennetts

Recently Completed

Frankston Yacht Club Redevelopment

September 2016

The new Frankston Yacht Club designed by Gregory Burgess Architects is an impressive addition to the waterfront precinct. TCL and GBA worked collaboratively with local government to ensure the new building and surrounding landscape created a compelling series of new elements to the Frankston foreshore, as well as relating to the natural beauty of Port Phillip Bay. The building boasts a 5 Green Star energy rating, the extensive use of timber to create the curvaceous structure, commanding decking overlooking the beach and car park facilities. It is estimated that the completion of the Yacht Club will assist in boosting the economy of Frankston by up to $8m per annum, injecting activity, jobs and tourism into the local area

Image Source: Frankston City Council

Work in Progress

TCL to lead next phase of Yeppoon Foreshore Redevelopment

September 2016

TCL will bring our waterfront expertise to the Capricorn Coast, with the realisation of our 2015 endorsed masterplan.  Together with a talented consultant team, TCL have been engaged for the next phase of the Yeppoon Foreshore Redevelopment project.  The schematic design phase begins to realise the vision for the Lagoon, Lazy River, Amphitheatres and Boardwalks providing an activated foreshore for the Yeppoon community. 

Photograph by Davey Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd


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Ambitious and impressive

September 2016

TCL are proud to be working with the regional community of Girgarre on the design of their new landmark botanical garden.

The project stands to change the face of the town completely, and the active, patient and resilient community must be commended for their inventiveness and drive in taking on such an ambitious project.

TCL completed the masterplan for Gargarro – the Girgarre Botanical Garden in 2013.  The goal of the project is to make Girgarre a more attractive place to live in within 20 years.   From a town that has watched business move elsewhere and made it almost  impossible to sustain a small business or even find a decent cup of coffee,  it’s hearting to hear the community are determined not to let their town diminish.

The vision for Girgarre’s Botanic Garden ‘Gargarro’ is to create a bold, innovative and  beautiful garden  showcasing native planting. – one that elicits a sense of ‘wow’ , is  breath- taking and  attracts crowds with places for events and educational activities.

The recent receipt of the $350,000 Victorian Government Small Ton Transforming grant will go a long way to getting this project started.

The community and anyone who is interested is invited to attend the Gargarro turning of the SOD on September 20th at 11am on the corner of Curr and Winter Rd in Girgarre.


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NIP #34 / KEY TIME TO CHANGE - Interview with Kate Cullity by Francesca Calamita

September 2016

NIP’s Francesca Calamita meet with TCL’s Kate Cullity earlier this year during a visit from Florence, Italy. In TCL’s light filled Adelaide Studio, Francesca and Kate discussed urban regeneration, the role of landscape architects in the changes affecting the structure and vitality of cities and TCL projects which have influenced and shaped the city of Adelaide- a city which is now listed as one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world.

Read the full NIP interview here

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September 2016

‘If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need’ – Marcus Cicero

Discover what’s shaping Australian Gardens at the State Library of NSW exhibition Planting Dreams. This two part exhibition showcases Richard Atkin’s new book Planting Dream: Shaping Australian Gardens and Grand Garden Designs a photographic collection of contemporary Garden Design.

The National Arboretum Canberra forms part of the digital revolution exhibit - Designs once produced manually can now be generated and altered at will, as this array of National Arboretum images shows. However, whether the output is handcrafted of digitally generated, the results are still works of the imagination.

View the exhibition video ONE HUNDRED FORESTS  - National Arboretum Canberra

Planting Dreams is a free exhibit at the State Library of NSW open to the public till Sunday 15 January 2017

Photograph by Craig McDonald

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evoke - the art of architecture

August 2016

This year’s evoke regional conference will be held in Queensland’s tropical north Townsville from September 8-11th. The international line up of speakers come from near and far from Finland to Costa Rica and Australia and this year will include TCL’s Kate Cullity.

Inspiring and evocative, evoke will focus on architecture and ideas that surpass function; those that connect with the human condition as does art, through experience of light, place, landscape and time.

For more details visit evoke

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The New CBD School, the first vertical school in South Australia

August 2016

Nestled between Adelaide’s prized parklands and gardens the New CBD School- the first vertical school in South Australia, will set a new benchmark in the physical form, design and function of a contemporary school, as well as the quality and range of the learning experiences and opportunities that it generates for students.  In particular, the school will be an active platform to develop and showcase advances in teaching and learning in the STEM  (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines.

The school’s operation will be characterised by the development of co-operative relationships with adjacent key educational, cultural and civic institutions to enrich the possibilities available to teachers and students whilst, in turn, the school’s facilities and prized location will be accessible to the wider community. In this way the school will serve as a valuable asset contributing actively to this critical city precinct.

The designs are the result of a partnership between local firm Cox Architecture and Design Inc, TCL, AECOM and KBR. 

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Winning Awards - Coast to Coast

July 2016

The 2016 AILA State Awards were held over the course of two evenings in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. In recent years both the Melbourne and Adelaide studios of TCL have collaborated with many creative colleagues to work on some of this country’s most significant  and diverse landscape and urban design projects.

We are celebrating the receipt of 7 awards - including 4 Awards of Excelence: 

- AILA VIC Award of Excellence for Urban Design for Monash University 'Caulfield Campus Green', VIC (with Kersulting,    Agatha Gothe-Snape and Design Flow)

- AILA VIC Landscape Architecture Award for Civic Landscape for RMIT Bundoora Pedestrian Spine, VIC

- AILA WA Urban Design Award for Elizabeth Quays, Perth, WA (with ARM Architecture)

- AILA SA Parks and Open Space Award of Excellence for Henley Square Redevelopment, SA (with Troppo Architects)

- AILA SA Urban Design Landscape Architecture Award for Unley Central Precinct Plan, SA

- AILA SA Award of Excellence for Urban Design for Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge, SA (with TZG Architects and Aurecon)

- AILA SA Tourism Award of Excellence for Adelaide Airport Landside, SA (with Woodhead Architects)

We would like to thank our clients, collaborators and particularly our fabulous dedicated team in both studios who travel far and wide to ensure projects are designed and delivered to TCL’s renowned care and quality.   

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2016 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards

July 2016

TCL’s educational landscapes are places for learning – ‘Fertile ground’ for the exchange of ideas, socialisation, imagination, reflection and reverie; a setting for the cultivation of the mind and body.

Our educational landscapes were commended last night at the 2016 AILA Victoria Awards with the receipt of two awards. Monash University ‘Caulfield Campus Green’(with Kersulting, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Design Flow) received the prestigious award “AILA Vic Award of Excellence” for Urban Design; and RMIT Bundoora Pedestrian Spine was awarded the “AILA Vic Landscape Architecture Award” in the Civic Landscape category.


Rooms with a view

July 2016

The Weekend Australian’s Helen Young, spoke to TCL’s Kate Cullity about her intriguing approach to creating garden spaces.

Words by Helen Young - Cullity’s love of plants and the beauty of small things make her private garden designs unique. Her garden in Highgate, Adelaide, has been the canvas for experimenting over the years. Cullity and Taylor bought their large corner block in 1997, comprising a turn-of-the century stone villa and a separate studio with its own entrance.

“That layout immediately lent itself to creating a number of garden rooms,” says Cullity. “We were interested in exploring ideas that we were working with on public projects, as well the idea of creating a sense of movement, so there’s a kind of choreography in each space.”

The garden as a whole manages to be a quiet retreat, yet visually stimulating, a play between art and landscape, a haven for native birds, and a very personal expression of the power of gardens to tell stories.

Read the full article here

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Green Square Aquatic Centre to make Sustainable History

July 2016

Andrew Burges Architects, in conjunction with Grimshaw Architects and TCL are targeting a 5 Star Design and As Built Green Star rating for Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre, the most ambitious sustainability target set for an aquatic centre to date.  The project will incorporate  an aquatic and fitness centre with three pools and fitness facilities, an adjacent 16,500sqm park consisting of a synthetic sports field, playground, skate areas, fitness stations, amenities buildings, BBQ areas and landscaping.

Rain gardens will be used to bio-filter collected water for re-use as irrigation and toilet flushing, while a number of earth berms made from excavated material  will surround the centre to provide insulation and thermal mass to internal spaces.

Read more at Architecture&Design

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Award Winning Monash University Residential Precinct

June 2016

The newly completed and celebrated Monash Clayton Eastern Residential Village took home the Urban Design Award at the annual Victorian Architecture Institute Awards, held on Friday 24th June at Melbourne’s Docklands. The collaborative project was recognised for its unified approach where four new multi-residential buildings are set amongst 5 hectares of indigenous and native parklands design by TCL. The natural character and existing ecological values of the Campus have been enhanced with tree lined pedestrian prioritised walks connecting residential accommodation and services to sporting spaces, native landscapes, a new campus park and education facilities in the heart of the campus.

First envisaged by MGS Architects in their 2011 Clayton Campus Masterplan, TCL were then engaged for the design and delivery of the Eastern Precinct Landscape in 2014, with the precinct open at the beginning of the 2016 university year. 

Project Team: Eastern Precinct Landscape Architecture –TCL; 2011 Masterplan - MGS Architects; Residential Colleges - McBride Charles Ryan, Hayball and Richard Middleton Architects, Jackson Clements Burrows; Contractor – Brookfield Multiplex and ANLC;

Client – Monash University. 

Photographer: Andrew Lloyd

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6 teams shortlisted for second stage of tender to design upcoming Jurong Lake Gardens

June 2016

TCL and WOHA are one of 6 international design teams to participate in the second stage of the tender to design the upcoming Jurong Lake Gardens (JLG) in Singapore.

“It is envisioned to be a "people's garden", where specially landscaped spaces encourage families and the community to come together.” - NParks

Collaboratively the TCL and WOHA team will now undertake the concept design for the 90ha site dubbed Singapore’s new national gardens. 

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Green light for ARM and TCL Adelaide Festival Plaza Redevelopment

June 2016

The South Australian Government has announced a commitment of $180million towards ARM and TCL’s design for Adelaide Plaza Redevelopment.  The redevelopment project jointly funded by the South Australian Government and the Walker Corporation will include an art space plaza, a new tree-lined avenue and waterfeature.

Read more and see the design at ArchitectureAU

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Who are the Capability Browns of today?

June 2016

Kate was interviewed by writer and journalist  Tim Richardson from the UK’s Telegraph to explore who are the Capability Browns of today?

Below  is a section from  the article:

Brown has a status in landscape design similar to that of Shakespeare in literature, and one might wonder what he would be doing if he were alive in 2016.

There is simply no modern substitute for working on a landscape scale. The crucial difference, for a designer with such a big vision physically and conceptually, is that he or she would probably be working in the urban realm, for civic clients, rather than in the countryside for the aristocracy.

Read the full article at The Telegraph

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New Shoots: Mark Tredinnick

May 2016

Mark Tredinnick, TCL’s current KT Legacy Recipient met with The Planthunter, Georgina Reid to discuss his recently completed project New Shoots, a collection of six poems inspired by locations within the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney.  The poems touch on the ideas of distance, place, growth, loneliness and change within the Gardens.  

“Mark has always been drawn to wild places and ‘the big question of who we are because of where we are’. Gardens haven’t specifically been something he’s been drawn to as a subject, but ‘it’s as though they keep insisting themselves on me,’ he says.  His involvement with the New Shoots project is illustrative of this, and whilst he jumped at the chance to be involved, he says he did warn The Red Room Company that his idea of a garden is no garden at all! “ – Georgina Reid 

To read more and book yourself a ticket on the poetic tours of the gardens vists The Planthunter.

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New visions for WA beach revamp

May 2016

The WA government unveiled the new vision for the redevelopment of Perth’s Scarborough Beach public realm along with an $18 million funding boost announced in the 2016–17 state budget.

The redevelopment will be designed by a consortium led by TCL along with Perth based Landscape Architects UDLA and Arup.

The transformation of the beach front public domain creates new precincts including the centrepiece of the redevelopment -  Scarborough Square, which will be surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops. A sloping hill with views of the ocean, new promenades and nature-based activity spaces will form the new Sunset Hill.

Read the full article at ArchitectureAU

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In Search of the Authentic Waterfront Experience

May 2016

In a recent talk on waterfront activation Perry Lethlean discussed strategies for creating authentic waterfront experiences through distinctive design solutions rooted in local identity. Olha Romaniuk reports for IndesignLive.

“It was a conversation about fringe spaces, post-industrial transformation and waterfront reclamation that dominated the presentation by Perry Lethlean of Australian landscape architecture firm Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) at The URA Centre in Singapore. Having led many successful implementations of urban waterfront projects, Lethlean, a director of the Melbourne office of TCL, provided invaluable insights into sensitive and sensible waterfront design solutions, drawing examples from various cities, and making parallels to Singapore’s own unique maritime conditions and its rapidly changing waterfront.”

Read more at In Search of the Authentic Waterfront Experience

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New order: Elizabeth Quay, Perth

April 2016

ARM Architecture and Taylor Cullity Lethlean combine post-punk populism with old-fashioned civic amenity to redefine Perth’s urban identity at Elizabeth Quay.

Read more at ArchitectureAU

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Vote for Australia Best Playground

April 2016

Vote for The Pod Playground as Australian Best Playground by clicking here

AILA National are celebrating public play spaces and offering people from all over Australia the opportunity to vote for their favourite playground.

The Pod Playground at the National Arboretum,  Canberra uses the idea of seeds as the beginning of life in the forest. Here children , their families and carers can enter an imaginary world of fanciful scales -  a play space with giant acorns floating in the sky, and enormous banksia cones nestled on the forest floor.

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Adelaide Fringe Arts Festival

March 2016

Kate Cullity is one of numerous artists exhibiting work at Grit -an exhibition as part of the Adelaide Fringe Arts Festival at the Packing Shed at Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide.  Grit is the sixth in a series of exhibitions that explore the digressions and tangents of a single-word elemental theme.  Kate has also exhibited in previous years in the exhibitions. RUST | SALT | TAR 

Kate’s artist’s statement

An ongoing photographic artwork entitled P Stops (approx. 1995 - ongoing) recognises my fascination with, and attention to the detail of viewing ground planes, particularly those in dry and desert landscapes. While travelling by car in these landscapes I am struck by the immediate shift of focus that occurs when getting out of the car during long drives to have a pee.  How the grandeur of the landscape as witnessed from the car is transformed into one of observing the intimacy and minutia of a particular ground surface.  Squatting close to the ground and being physiologically predisposed allows a meditative revelry for what is immediately at close range in-front of me. The scenes somehow present like a scientific quadrat or perhaps a wunderkammer; a precious, perfectly placed installation of found curios. I have been photographing these vignettes for many years and there is always a quiet magnificence and rightness to the scenes, as though I have discovered and unearthed a truth, somehow everything is in its place.

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TCL's Eastern Precinct Landscape Project hosts 1000 students living on Campus at Clayton

February 2016

Coinciding with the beginning of the University year, the Monash Clayton Campus ‘Eastern Precinct Landscape’ will be fully open to the students for “O-week” 2016.

The opening of Campus Park and Northern Plaza signifies the completion of TCL’s design and delivery of Monash’s Eastern Precinct Landscape and adjacent Northern Plaza.

The Eastern Precinct Landscape hosts 1000 students living on Campus at Clayton, and offers Monash students a new kind of university experience.  Immersed within a native garden setting, the precinct includes residential outdoor spaces, BBQ and picnic areas, seating, shade, native gardens, water treatment areas, passive recreation zones, sporting nodes, and outdoor dining for cafe and retail.

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Yeppoon Foreshore Redevelopment

February 2016

The Livingston Shire Council hosted a Community Open Day last Thursday 4th, showcasing TCL’s masterplan for the Yeppoon Foreshore Redevelopment.

Over 300 member of the local community provided valuable feedback and welcomed the aspirations and ideas of "Coastal journeys" presented within the masterplan.  

TCL director Perry Lethlean said "We have been inspired by Yeppoon’s magnificent coastal setting and are looking forward to getting feedback on the early concepts for Yeppoon’s Foreshore. This community input will be vital in the ongoing development and refinement of the masterplan."

The initial masterplan ideas have strived to create a  memorable and fun setting that heightens views to water, frame public spaces with beautiful landscapes and captures the distinctive relationship between, its beaches, linear foreshore, discovered spaces and its active community.

Over the next fortnight the public can have input to the masterplanning process by visiting the Livingston Shire Council website where feedback will be incorporated into the final masterplan issue.

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A look at the latest Yeppoon Foreshore Concept

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The river. The city. Together again.

February 2016

Perth’s Elizabeth Quay opened last Friday 29th January.  The new Quay buzzed with an electric atmosphere as the people of Perth and Western Australia alike descended on the space to experience the new waterfront development for themselves.

The beautiful 28 degree day drew thousands to the Quay were the unveiling of the Station Park water feature by ARM, TCL and JML captured the hearts and minds of all.

The completion of Elizabeth Quay by ARM Architecture and TCL illustrates that the delivery of large scale public realm collaborations with talented creatives enables a project to really come to life. 

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ARM and TCL's new visions for Adelaide Festival Plaza

January 2016

The Government of South Australian has released the new visions for the Adelaide Festival Plaza redevelopment designed by ARM Architecture and Taylor Cullity Lethlean. The plaza in the Riverbank precinct is set to become Adelaide's premier public realm destination. 

Read more at ArchitectureAU

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$40m addition to Vic Parliament House

January 2016


Talking Plants

January 2016

TCL’s Kate Cullity is TALKING PLANTS and design on ABC Radio National with Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne Director, Professor Tim Entwisle.

Tune in this Saturday 16th January at 10.05am to channel 621AM.

Photograph: North Adelaide Residence                                                            

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Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

January 2016

Happy New Year.

TCL are back in the studio after our summer break and we are looking forward to more fabulous projects and collaborations in 2016. 

One of the final highlights for 2015 was the opening of Geelong’s new Library and Heritage Centre a collaboration with ARM Architecture

The giant geodesic dome, made from hexagonal glass reinforced panels is inserted into the picturesque landscape. This contemporary dome is distinctively new from the surrounding historic buildings yet colours link the new and old, the muted tones blend harmoniously.  

The Ground and Level 1 landscape open out onto historic Johnstone Park, which contains many significant trees such as the heritage-listed Fastigated Monterey Cypress. The planting selection responds to the historic influences. 

The building dome is cut away to extend the park into the building, a reference to picturesque gardens and ideas of the early Australian tradition of the beautiful ruin.

Photograph by John Gollings