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.
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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
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
“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.
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
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
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.
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 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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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