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Victoria Harbour — Buluk Park

Buluk Park is strategically located at the heart of Victoria Harbour’s City Quarter, at the confluence of the river and the harbour. It supports the external program of the new low storey Library at the Dock, Family Services Centre and Community Boating Hub by ameliorating winds from the north, with taller current and future residential developments to the east and south maximising solar access for the park.
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  • Traditional Owners & Ongoing Custodians of the Land Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country
  • Client City of Melbourne, Lendlease
  • Location Docklands, Melbourne, Australia
  • Year 2011–2014
Buluk Park’s design was a collaboration with the City of Melbourne to craft a highly functional and sustainable place. The master planning and design of Buluk Park resulted in the delivery of a tram stop and on-road dedicated bike lanes, reducing the reliance on and provision of vehicle use and parking. The location of the Library at The Dock was carefully calibrated in the master planning stage to provide the park with a buffer from wind, and shade in its northern edges.
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Buluk Park is a place to laze in the sun, meet friends, hang out, and play. An unfenced play space sits adjacent to a large expanse of lawn, framed by mature trees. Drawing on the site’s rich ecological and cultural history, the water play channels evoke the Yarra River’s twisting course and the tidal fluctuations of both river and harbour. The water play area draws heavily on the site’s harbour and riverside setting, the pre-canalised Yarra River, ephemerality and the city’s natural systems.
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  • Team Oculus, City of Melbourne, Sally Smart (artist), Hayball, GHD, Electrolight
  • AWARDS 2014 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards - Highly Commended
    2011 AILA NSW Awards - Urban Design Award
    2011 Planning Excellence Victoria Awards - Planning Minister’s Award
  • Photography Andrew Lloyd, Dianna Snape