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Bridge Road Regional Play Space

This major play space is an anchor for the ongoing development of a 4,500-home residential community on Melbourne’s western fringe, and a significant asset for the region's young people.
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  • Client Lendlease, Melton City Council
  • Location Strathtulloh, Victoria, Australia
  • Year 2015–2016
The site-wide design approach is informed by a ‘bio-cultural’ narrative, developed in collaboration with the site’s Traditional Owners. The ‘seven parks for seven seasons’ concept explores the cycle of the Kulin Nation calendar, with one season selected as a design driver for each of the parks within Smiths Lane.
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The design of Banjo Park was inspired by the landscapes of the Cardinia Creek catchment, and echoes of the Kulin Nation, ‘Porneet’season; a wet time when tadpoles become frogs. The transmutation of tadpoles to frogs within the ‘Porneet’ season has been more literally captured through the design of a custom play tunnel that interprets varying stages of the frog’s life-cycle.
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An open lawn area, picnic facilities, shade structures and toilets with changing facilities invite visitors to gather, relax and play in the park for prolonged periods . At maturity, the diverse tree plantings selected for their climate resilience will provide substantial canopy and comfort.
The design of Banjo Park is a unique response to its site and context. Through a culturally appropriate process, a bio-cultural design narrative has been developed with Traditional Owners that underpins the strategy for open spaces across the precinct.
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  • TEAM TTW Engineering, Romanis Trinham Collaborations, Paul Grover, LAS
  • PHOTOGRAPHY Dianna Snape, ASPECT Studios
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