Landscape Architects who entered the 2017 South Australian chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards have been labelled ‘a playful bunch’ according to the winning results. Several successful projects were recognised as “engaging, innovative and well integrated with their surrounding landscapes” while the Jury noted that ‘co-design and community engagement was a key theme’ of this year’s entries.
ASPECT Studios was one of the nine practices who received multiple accolades for our entries – Bowden Main Park and the community driven project, Haslop Reserve Playspace:
Bowden Main Park – Award of Excellence for Civic Landscape;
“The vibrancy and intensity of the Park’s use demonstrate the essential consideration of amenity for the prosperity of place, a task that ASPECT Studios have superbly demonstrated in the delivery of an engaging, cohesive and integrated civic space,” – Jury citation.
The central and single largest public space located within the Bowden redevelopment is a new and diverse community on the edge of Adelaide’s CBD. It provides a green oasis in the heart of the 15 hectare urban infill development that will become Adelaide’s most densely populated urban district outside the CBD and an area projected to house a wide ranging demographic from students to young families, first home owners and retirees. The park is strategically located adjacent to the repurposed Plant 4 which has recently opened as a unique food market precinct that is seamlessly connected to the park.
Haslop Reserve Playspace – Landscape Architecture Award for Community Contribution Category;
“It has revitalised an underutilised piece of Council owned land and an unused road reserve into a functional and well used play area,” – Jury citation.
The redevelopment of Haslop Reserve Playspace evolved out of a number of years of strategic planning and initiative led by the Unley Primary School. With a passion for providing not only the school population, but surrounding community with a new and engaging public play facility, the school’s staff, students and facilities committee drove the project with support from the City of Unley. ASPECT Studios collaborated with the committee, working with the schools aspirations and turning them into what is now a valued and successful play environment.
ASPECT Studios congratulates Renewal SA, City of Unley, Unley Primary School and our collaborative design teams for this amazing achievement. Bowden Main Park will now be considered for the AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards, to be announced in Sydney in October 2017.
Photography: Dan Schultz, Don Brice