SYDNEY is being asked to vote for the most inventive additions to its landscape.The winners of the inaugural Premier’s People’s Choice Awards for landscape architecture will be announced on Thursday at Luna Park after being decided by a vote on smh.com.au. Take a look at the six finalists below and have your vote here.
1. Sydney Laneway Upgrades (ASPECT Studios)
Ash Street, Angel Place, Little Hay Street, Kimber Lane and Factory Street, Sydney
What they said: ''The Central Precinct and Chinatown Laneways are two of the priority upgrade projects which form part of the City of Sydney Laneway Revitalisation Strategy, a scheme designed to reactivate a number of Sydney’s historically significant laneways. These Sydney Laneway Upgrades are the first within the City of Sydney which realise the vision of creating engaging and vibrant urban spaces by challenging traditional traffic regimes, interweaving culture and heritage and offering physical opportunities for business growth.''
2. Taronga Western Plains Zoo Entry Precinct and Playspace (Spackman Mossop Michaels)
Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW
What they said: ''The ‘African Waterhole’ themed playground features a variety of climbing structures, ‘Masai shield’ mound, balancing beams, a timber ‘Pygmy’ hut and ‘Boma’ sand pit, rope bridges, percussion instruments as well as a safari jeep and a number of animal sculptures. The Safari Park is a place where children can explore and learn about African animals in a fun and hands on environment, it’s a place where their imaginations can run wild.''
3. Walk the Line - Streetworks (HASSELL Ltd)
What they said: ''Walk the Line is a temporary painted line - linking public transport nodes across the CBD - to tantalize the eye and lead both body and mind through the city encouraging interaction with the surrounds and people in new and unusual ways.''
4. Lizard Log (McGregor Coxall)
Western Sydney Parklands, NSW
What they said: ''Lizard Log had to cater for the local people providing a high quality picnic play, and gathering facilities for large families and individual groups to enjoy. The project also had to deliver environmental outcomes to make the park as self-sustaining as possible, particularly in terms of energy and water.''
5. Blaxland Riverside Park, Regional Playspace (JMD Design)
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
What they said: ''The playspace is designed to create an environment in which play provides a wide range of physical, social and environmental learning opportunities that engage with the unique landscape context over looking the Parramatta River. At strategic locations users are encouraged to contemplate and observe their environment through the journey of play. Play is organized to create a constant flow of activity for children with the most active, high energy elements located in the east and the more passive play to the west where the sand play and water plaza are located. The Tonkin Zulaikha Greer designed kiosk and petal roof canopy are located overlooking the water and sand play.''
6. Audley Precinct Revitalisation (Phillips Marler)
Royal National Park, NSW
What they said: ''Audley Precinct Revitalisation combines building conservation, restoration, and adaptive re-use of the 1948 Dance Hall with extensive landscape works of the surrounding precinct, Pavilion (formerly Picnic) Flat, bounded by the Hacking River. The aim was to open up the entire precinct by re-instating historically significant views across the river, through removal and remodelling of 1990s intrusions, earthworks and vegetation on Pavilion Flat. The intention was to recover the ambience, light, cross-breezes and views of the riverside landscape as it would have been in the 1930s and 1940s, the heyday of the Audley precinct ‘pleasure grounds’.''