An intimate retreat for reflection

ASPECT Studios undertook the design of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Shilling Garden and Memorial which surrounds the Queen Victoria Women’s Trust Centre’s heritage building. This garden provides an intimate retreat to reflect upon inspiring women who have made a difference.

The intent of the project, proposed by the Women’s Trust, was designed for women, by women designers and artists. The collaboration of two prominent landscape architects, Kirsten Bauer, Director of ASPECT Studios and Cath Stutterheim, Director of Stutterheim Anderson brought the design to fruition. They share expertise in creating sociable and culturally expressive public spaces.

The collaborative design negotiated heritage issues and access to various levels of the building within a small, constrained site. The design was implemented across three levels; providing access to two levels, a new lower access point to the building and a courtyard.

The result is a unique public place with a memorable ceremonial wall to celebrate women’s contributions to Victoria. The garden design emanates a distinctive femininity, particularly the glass walls inscribed with names of incredible women, celebrating their roles as mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends, colleagues and community contributors. The wall will evolve as and when donations are provided to the trust.


Photography: Andrew Lloyd

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust


Landscape Concept, Heritage Planning & Construction Documentation


Melbourne CBD, Victoria, Australia


ASPECT Studios, SAALA & Cassandra Complex


2006 – 2008