AUSTRALIAN GARDEN

Client: Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne

Collaboration: Paul Thompson, Edwina Kearney, Mark Stoner, Greg Clarke and Mish Eisen

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, Victoria

Completion Date: stage 1: 2005, stage 2: 2012

Construction budget: $11,000,000

Size: 25 Hectares

Photography: Ben Wrigley, Dianna Snape and Peter Hyatt

Three TCL projects announced as the most significant works of Australian landscape architecture.

TCL’s Australian Garden, National Arboretum Canberra and North Terrace Redevelopment projects were recently announced by AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) as three of the ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture in the last 16 years.

Following the success of AILA’s Landscape Exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra, a jury comprising Catherin Bull, Janet Holmes à Court and Scott Hawken selected ten projects that have helped frame the future directions and challenges of the profession.

The jury described the Australian Garden as "decisively moving conversations forward on identity, politics, and urging us to both reconsider and recreate with our national identity."

Canberra’s National Arboretum was selected "as raising awareness as a startling stand-alone urban biodiversity project on an extraordinary spatial and temporal scale"

and the North Terrace Redevelopment was described "as a champion that continues to illustrate the importance of streets and squares in our cities and highlights the paucity of such spaces in Australian cities generally."

Collectively all ten projects project demonstrated innovation and creative engagement in the following themes:

•             Civic and inclusive urban space

•             Cultural Identity

•             Urban adaptation

•             Urban biodiversity

•             Density and green infrastructure

Each project gestured to where landscape architecture can decisively contribute into the future.
Read the full article here landscapeaustralia.com

Project Credits: 

Australian Gadren Cranbourne - TCL with Paul Thompson 

National Arboretum Canberra - TCL and TZG (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects)

Norther Terrace Redevelopement - TCL with Peter Elliott

Australian Garden, Victoria images video Map

Project Title: AUSTRALIAN GARDEN

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne has created a major new botanic garden on a 25-hectare site at Cranbourne on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne.

This garden builds on established design principles, construction practices, and community recreation patterns, while addressing contemporary environmental and cultural issues to bring a new type of garden experience to visitors.

The garden seeks to create an environment in which specific qualities of flora are highlighted in a manner that will inspire visitors to further explore Australian plants. A common theme through the garden design is the exploration and expression of the evolving relationship between the Australian people and our landscape and flora.

Water is the mediating element between these natural and human derived gardens. 

The garden highlights the tension between the natural landscape and our human impulse to steadily change it. This tension is not eliminated; rather it is the driving creative impulse for exploration, expression and interpretation of the landscape and its flora.

'The Australian Garden captures the essence of what is great landscape architecture.  Distinctly Australian landscape patterns have been referenced in a bold, graphic and sensitive way to provide a unique visitor experience.  In doing so, the project has successfully reinterpreted what an Australian landscape is'. 

Jury Citation. AILA Vic 2007 Award of Excellence

'Stage One of the Australian Garden Project in the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens had a deep impact on Botanic Gardens around the world and on our profession in Australia.

The challenge of following on from this dramatic start set the bar high for Stage Two. Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson are to be congratulated on the success of the Australian Garden Completion. As Landscape Architects, we will undoubtedly draw inspiration from this garden for many years to come.'

Jury Citation. AILA Vic 2013 Award for Excellence

AUSTRALIAN GARDEN

Australian Garden, Victoria images video Map

Project Title: AUSTRALIAN GARDEN

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne has created a major new botanic garden on a 25-hectare site at Cranbourne on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne.

This garden builds on established design principles, construction practices, and community recreation patterns, while addressing contemporary environmental and cultural issues to bring a new type of garden experience to visitors.

The garden seeks to create an environment in which specific qualities of flora are highlighted in a manner that will inspire visitors to further explore Australian plants. A common theme through the garden design is the exploration and expression of the evolving relationship between the Australian people and our landscape and flora.

Water is the mediating element between these natural and human derived gardens. 

The garden highlights the tension between the natural landscape and our human impulse to steadily change it. This tension is not eliminated; rather it is the driving creative impulse for exploration, expression and interpretation of the landscape and its flora.

'The Australian Garden captures the essence of what is great landscape architecture.  Distinctly Australian landscape patterns have been referenced in a bold, graphic and sensitive way to provide a unique visitor experience.  In doing so, the project has successfully reinterpreted what an Australian landscape is'. 

Jury Citation. AILA Vic 2007 Award of Excellence

'Stage One of the Australian Garden Project in the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens had a deep impact on Botanic Gardens around the world and on our profession in Australia.

The challenge of following on from this dramatic start set the bar high for Stage Two. Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson are to be congratulated on the success of the Australian Garden Completion. As Landscape Architects, we will undoubtedly draw inspiration from this garden for many years to come.'

Jury Citation. AILA Vic 2013 Award for Excellence

Client: Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne

Collaboration: Paul Thompson, Edwina Kearney, Mark Stoner, Greg Clarke and Mish Eisen

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, Victoria

Completion Date: stage 1: 2005, stage 2: 2012

Construction budget: $11,000,000

Size: 25 Hectares

Photography: Ben Wrigley, Dianna Snape and Peter Hyatt

Three TCL projects announced as the most significant works of Australian landscape architecture.

TCL’s Australian Garden, National Arboretum Canberra and North Terrace Redevelopment projects were recently announced by AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) as three of the ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture in the last 16 years.

Following the success of AILA’s Landscape Exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra, a jury comprising Catherin Bull, Janet Holmes à Court and Scott Hawken selected ten projects that have helped frame the future directions and challenges of the profession.

The jury described the Australian Garden as "decisively moving conversations forward on identity, politics, and urging us to both reconsider and recreate with our national identity."

Canberra’s National Arboretum was selected "as raising awareness as a startling stand-alone urban biodiversity project on an extraordinary spatial and temporal scale"

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and the North Terrace Redevelopment was described "as a champion that continues to illustrate the importance of streets and squares in our cities and highlights the paucity of such spaces in Australian cities generally."

Collectively all ten projects project demonstrated innovation and creative engagement in the following themes:

•             Civic and inclusive urban space

•             Cultural Identity

•             Urban adaptation

•             Urban biodiversity

•             Density and green infrastructure

Each project gestured to where landscape architecture can decisively contribute into the future.
Read the full article here landscapeaustralia.com

Project Credits: 

Australian Gadren Cranbourne - TCL with Paul Thompson 

National Arboretum Canberra - TCL and TZG (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects)

Norther Terrace Redevelopement - TCL with Peter Elliott