The year has been full of highlights for the Adelaide Studio and it’s been rewarding to see a strengthening of the landscape architecture profession in South Australia. Our contribution to the profession – and to vital public spaces in our state – was recently recognised with two national awards. It was a very satisfying way to top off a great year. The National AILA awards, in collaboration with the 2016 Festival of Architecture, were held in Canberra in October. The awards provide a key platform for Australian landscape architects to be recognised by the public and their peers and are also a valuable means of promoting the industry. We were honoured to receive the National Award of Excellence in Cultural Heritage for the Port Adelaide Renewal: Hart’s Mill Surrounds project. Located adjacent to the Port Adelaide wharf, Hart’s Mill Surrounds is a revitalised public realm with extensive new grassed recreation areas, picnic and BBQ areas and multifunctional spaces for events, markets and play. The site was sensitively structured around heritage-listed buildings and the design references the cultural significance of the Mill and its surroundings with the re-use of existing timber, an industrial aesthetic and bold colouring to reflect of its former use. Durable materials, a robust planting palette and interpretive elements weave a narrative of the site’s history to ensure the precinct is now a living museum with inbuilt flexibility as a dynamic event space. In addition to the AILA award, ASPECT Adelaide also received the National Public Playspace, (over $1m) award for Playford Alive Town Park as part of the National Kidsafe Day awards. Kidsafe recognises excellence and innovation in the provision of safe and creative play spaces and this is the first time South Australia has won a National Kidsafe Day award in any category. The City of Playford has a rich cultural diversity and will be one of the most dynamic growth areas in Adelaide over the next 30 years. The Town Park for the new residential suburb of Playford Alive, just north of Elizabeth, is a new place for families and friends can come together and celebrate their diversity. The Town Park has been designed as an expression of the emerging community spirit in the area. It includes a diverse range of play spaces, a multi-use skate and BMX park, water play and splash pad, tiered lawns for sports and community events, extensive natural and constructed shade and contemplative gardens for more quiet family friendly activity. These two national award recognitions, alongside of a host of other South Australian-based award winners, show the strength of the landscape architecture profession across the state. Congratulations to all involved in these projects for creating better places to play in South Australia. We look forward to creating even more in 2017.
ASPECT Studios Adelaide wins at AILA and Playspace awards.