TCL's Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wetland has won the 2017 Sustainability Award for Landscape and Urban Design!Read More
TCL’s Kate Cullity + Lisa Howard interviewed on Towers Road Residence for The Weekend Australian.Read More
TCL is delighted to be working on the redevelopment of Melbourne Square with COX Architecture and Carr Design Group.Read More
TCL Director, Damian Schultz, will join a panel of other key industry figures at the first ever Sustainability Live panel in Sydney on 26 October 2017.Read More
The landscape design of Towers Road Residence, Toorak, by TCL today won the 2017 National Gardens Landscape Architecture Award.Read More
Based in our Melbourne studio, the Coordinator would provide creative and graphic input for one of Australia's leading design studios. Responsibilities include producing high quality submissions, graphic and communications to support the broader marketing and business development goals of the studio.Read More
Perry Lethlean will be speaking on the ‘Tactics of Persuasion’ and connecting people to landscape at the International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden conference in Italy on 23 September 2017.Read More
Congratulations to our collaborators, including MRA - Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Troppo Architects and Monash University.
[Via Landscape Australia]
Australia's landscape has always loomed large in the country's literature. From Tim Winton to Georgia Blain, the island continent has made for great reading – and a recent poetry collection from the award-winning poet Mark Tredinnick continues in this fine tradition.
From Banjo Patterson’s romantic portraits of Australiana, to the evocative NSW hinterland of the late Georgia Blain, Australian landscapes have always loomed large in our stories. With this in mind, a recent collaboration between landscape architecture practice Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) and the award-winning Australian poet Mark Treddinick represents a natural alignment of interests.
In a recent interview in the Weekend Australian magazine, Kate Cullity details the steps taken to bring the classic elements of the Adelaide Residence’s existing garden into a more contemporary setting.Read More
The South Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA SA) has awarded landscape architecture and urban design studio, TCL, with the Award of Excellence for Research and Communication for its Kevin Taylor Legacy initiative.Read More Images
TCL’s design for Towers Road Residence has won the 2017 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Victoria ‘Gardens Landscape Architecture Award’.
Located in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak, the garden, completed in late 2015, is the result of close collaboration with the clients and Wood Marsh Architects.Read More
Congratulations to John Wardle Architects on winning the design competition for the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre in Bowral, New South Wales.Read More Images
We were delighted to hear that Peter Elliott has been awarded the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold medal.
Peter is one of TCL's most valued friends and collaborators. Together, over a twenty year period, we have enjoyed designing projects including North Terrace, Adelaide, Monash University, Auckland Waterfront, the Rocks Sydney and more recently, Parliament House Accommodation in Melbourne.Read More
TCL’s Elizabeth Quay project with ARM Architecture has won the 2017 Urban Design Award from the Australian Institute of Architects’ WA chapter.Read More Images
Kate Cullity has just returned from the opening of the 2017 International Garden Exhibition IGA in Berlin, where TCL along with 9 other international designers created ‘Garden Cabinets’, each expressing particular cultural and environmental qualities of their country of origin.Read More Images
The June edition of the American Landscape Architecture Magazine features the TCL and Wraight + Associates designed Auckland Waterfront with photo essay and text by Gweneth Leigh, ASLA.
Read more at: Landscape Architecture MagazineImages
TCL extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Adam Burgess.
Adam, who died recently, was the curator of the living collections at the Arboretum and one of the signifcant driving forces behind its success. He was passionate, funny, engaging and inspiring. His infectuous enthusiam connected many to the stories of the forests. These trees, as they continue to reach for the sky, will host his beautiful spirit.
Photograph by Adam Burgess (Pyrus calleryana 'Callery Pear' Forest looking out to Dairy Farmers Hill)
Sad loss: Remembering National Arboretum horticulturalist Adam Burgess and his contribution to Canberra tourism landmark - ABC Canberra Breakfast with Dan Bourchier
The TCL Melbourne Studio was buzzing with creative thinkers last night for the second talk in ‘Expanded Field of Landscape Architecture’ series.
The Talk series engages with speakers from diverse fields of design including art, film, ecology, music and interaction design.
Collaboration is at the heart of what we do as Landscape Architects, and this offers a platform for knowledge sharing and interaction within the boarder professional community.
We invite our collaborators, clients and friends to share in these talks and the creative endeavours of talented and broad profession, to meet new people, catch up with old friends and be inspired by our creative field.
If you would like to join us for the next talk please send us a note - [email protected]
TCL are proud to have been appointed as landscape architects for the design of Australia’s new Embassy in Washington DC, with Bates Smart commissioned for the building.
The team was appointed to design the building and landscape following an invited competition in late 2016. “The winning design embodies the spirit of Australia through direct references to the distinctive Australian landscape: its bright and clear natural light and open skies, its warm materiality and its vast scale. The use of these associations will create a civic building and symbol of Australia that is welcoming and enduring” - the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Read more about the project on ArchitectureAU
Monash University Northern plaza has come to fruition with the precinct now open for the start of the university year.
The Plaza project reflects a broader trend in the design of university spaces to host staff, students and the wider community in a more varied range of ways. Universities also need to provide for growing student populations, and a greater proportion of students to choosing live on-campus, with access to multipurpose open space.
Read the full article here
TCL Associate Lisa Howard has recently been promoted to the new position of Studio Principal. Lisa has over 13 years’ experience with TCL. Her exceptional skills in conceptual visualisation, design and leadership are valued qualities that will continue to inform the studio’s success in a multitude of local and international projects. Congratulation’s Lisa.
Three TCL projects announced as the most significant works of Australian landscape architecture.
TCL’s Australian Garden, National Arboretum Canberra and North Terrace Redevelopment projects were recently announced by AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) as three of the ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture in the last 16 years.
Following the success of AILA’s Landscape Exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra, a jury comprising Catherin Bull, Janet Holmes à Court and Scott Hawken selected ten projects that have helped frame the future directions and challenges of the profession.
The jury described the Australian Garden as "decisively moving conversations forward on identity, politics, and urging us to both reconsider and recreate with our national identity."
Canberra’s National Arboretum was selected "as raising awareness as a startling stand-alone urban biodiversity project on an extraordinary spatial and temporal scale"
and the North Terrace Redevelopment was described "as a champion that continues to illustrate the importance of streets and squares in our cities and highlights the paucity of such spaces in Australian cities generally."Read More
Last December TCL held an exhibition at the Adelaide studio to celebrate the Poet Mark Tredennick’s highly expansive and inspiring time as the 2016 Kevin Taylor Legacy ‘Creative in Residence’. Mark’s suit of 10 poems, displayed as large floating banners interpreted themes from TCL’s design for the Bendigo Botanic Garden - ‘Garden of the Future’.
In addition art works by many at TCL responded to a number of Mark’s earlier published works.
In Mark’s words :
The office became a gallery, ….a forest of sculpted thought and word.
As I’d hoped, my work for the firm became work with the firm. An ekphrasis. A garden. A future.
For all at TCL Mark’s masterly and evocative poems, as well as his writing workshops and involvement in a number of projects certainly extended us in our pursuit for an expanded field of Landscape Architecture.
To see all the artworks from the evening visit our blog https://tickleblog.com.au/Read More
Simone is one of Australia’s most versatile young musicians and performers. Simone plays various violins, which she describes as having different personalities. Through her playing she expressively reveals her passion for music from a wide range of eras.
During her time in residency, Simone intends to create a provocative performance piece deeply rooted in the Australian landscape, and close to the heart of Kevin’s life work and philosophy.
‘Where Song Began’ will be a performance piece capturing and interpreting our continent’s unique landscape and birdlife. The project will celebrate the natural world, drawing upon the relationship of humans and birds though songs that communicate this vitality of sound within the Australian setting.
The construction of play areas and gathering spaces are being finalised in anticipation for the being of the school year. Students at Ruyton Girls will be returning to an imaginative landscape comprising an amphitheatre, assembly/ events space and a natural playground, which surrounds a refurbished Junior School building by Sally Draper Architects. TCL’s design encourages students to connect with their landscape through play, socialisation, growth, learning and activity.
Join us tomorrow. Saturday 21st January at the Point Nepean Portsea Craft Market.
TCL are teaming up with Parks Victoria for a Point Nepean National Park Information Day, in the park from 9-2pm. There will be a presentation at 11am and during the remaining time, an opportunity to speak with the project team. For more information visit the Parks Victoria website.
The floral bounty of spring has passed and plants can be reeling from too much sun, not enough water, hot wind and distracted owners. But high summer doesn't have to be a horticultural low point – as with all gardening, growing happy, healthy plants through the hottest, driest months comes down to appropriate species selection and good soil care.
The Australian Garden in Cranbourne is a great public example of how native gardeners can shape, hedge and variously train native species. Here shrubs are pruned to look like small trees and trees are trimmed into green walls.
Words by Megan Backhouse. Megan is a writer for The Age, to find out more about the secrets of summer gardening survival read her full article here.
Photography by Paul Thompson
TCL are back in the studio after our summer break, and we are looking forward to more creative collaborations and fabulous projects in 2017.
One of our creative collaboration highlights from 2016 was the Towers Road Residence in Toorak.
The sculptural residence designed by Wood March Architects boasts a lush circular fernery nestled between the building walls – an array of layered plantings and a scattering of granite plinths create an exotic atmosphere. TCL’s collaborative relationship with architect and client led to the design of a garden with a ‘sense of embrace’—a poetic garden of ‘structured chaos’. The verdant, diverse and textured forms of the garden provide a contrast to the architectural concrete form of the building.
The Towers Road Project has recently been added to our website and can be viewed in more detail here.
Photograph by John Gollings
TCL wishes you a safe, sunny holiday by the water with family and friends!
Our Summer Holiday Hours are:
Closed 23rd December 16 untill 3rd January 17
Closed 23rd December 16 untill 9th January 17
Construction for The Forum at Monash University has commenced. Part of this landscape is expected to be completed for ‘O’ Week 2017.
The design builds upon the existing vegetation and tree specimens and proposes four distinct tree vegetation types within the Forum. The library plaza includes a generous timber deck, trees and furniture which is cantilevered over part of the pond. A spacious open paved forecourt allows for ease of movement in various directions.
The refurbished Alexander Theatre and the new Jazz Club by Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design can be seen in the background.
Landscape Architects: Reimagining and Transforming the Outside World. – AILA National
A number of TCL’s nationally significant projects including The Australian Garden in Cranbourne, Birrarung Marr in Melbourne, National Arboretum in Canberra and North Terrace in Adelaide feature in AILA National’s current exhibition ‘Parks Changing Australia’.
The exhibition at the National Museum Australia in Canberra showcases Australian contemporary parks, plazas, squares and streets which are re-shaping Australian cities, increasing people’s health and wellbeing and building more ecologically sustainable urban environments.
Parks Changing Australia will run until the 26th April 2017.
NIMBY ‘Not in My Backyard’ -AILA’s annual Festival of Landscape Architecture Conference kicked off at the National Arboretum in Canberra last night with the National Landscape Architecture Awards event.
TCL in collaboration with Architects TZG were the former recipients of The Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture for the National Arboretum, an internationally recognised project and the setting for much of this year’s conference events.
TCL won a total of three National awards including two Urban Design Landscape Architecture Awards for Elizabeth Quays (in collaboration with ARM Architecture) in Perth and Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga (with TZG Architects) in Adelaide.
Adelaide Botanical Gardens Wetlands was awarded the Parks and Open Space Landscape Architecture Award.
TCL would like to thank and congratulate all involved in these award-winning projects, and in particular our talented and dedicated staff. For more information on the AILA National Awards checkout ArchitectureAU
Photograph by Peter Bennetts
The new Frankston Yacht Club designed by Gregory Burgess Architects is an impressive addition to the waterfront precinct. TCL and GBA worked collaboratively with local government to ensure the new building and surrounding landscape created a compelling series of new elements to the Frankston foreshore, as well as relating to the natural beauty of Port Phillip Bay. The building boasts a 5 Green Star energy rating, the extensive use of timber to create the curvaceous structure, commanding decking overlooking the beach and car park facilities. It is estimated that the completion of the Yacht Club will assist in boosting the economy of Frankston by up to $8m per annum, injecting activity, jobs and tourism into the local area
Image Source: Frankston City Council
TCL will bring our waterfront expertise to the Capricorn Coast, with the realisation of our 2015 endorsed masterplan. Together with a talented consultant team, TCL have been engaged for the next phase of the Yeppoon Foreshore Redevelopment project. The schematic design phase begins to realise the vision for the Lagoon, Lazy River, Amphitheatres and Boardwalks providing an activated foreshore for the Yeppoon community.
Photograph by Davey Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd
TCL are proud to be working with the regional community of Girgarre on the design of their new landmark botanical garden.
The project stands to change the face of the town completely, and the active, patient and resilient community must be commended for their inventiveness and drive in taking on such an ambitious project.
TCL completed the masterplan for Gargarro – the Girgarre Botanical Garden in 2013. The goal of the project is to make Girgarre a more attractive place to live in within 20 years. From a town that has watched business move elsewhere and made it almost impossible to sustain a small business or even find a decent cup of coffee, it’s hearting to hear the community are determined not to let their town diminish.
The vision for Girgarre’s Botanic Garden ‘Gargarro’ is to create a bold, innovative and beautiful garden showcasing native planting. – one that elicits a sense of ‘wow’ , is breath- taking and attracts crowds with places for events and educational activities.
The recent receipt of the $350,000 Victorian Government Small Ton Transforming grant will go a long way to getting this project started.
The community and anyone who is interested is invited to attend the Gargarro turning of the SOD on September 20th at 11am on the corner of Curr and Winter Rd in Girgarre.
NIP’s Francesca Calamita meet with TCL’s Kate Cullity earlier this year during a visit from Florence, Italy. In TCL’s light filled Adelaide Studio, Francesca and Kate discussed urban regeneration, the role of landscape architects in the changes affecting the structure and vitality of cities and TCL projects which have influenced and shaped the city of Adelaide- a city which is now listed as one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world.
Read the full NIP interview here
‘If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need’ – Marcus Cicero
Discover what’s shaping Australian Gardens at the State Library of NSW exhibition Planting Dreams. This two part exhibition showcases Richard Atkin’s new book Planting Dream: Shaping Australian Gardens and Grand Garden Designs a photographic collection of contemporary Garden Design.
The National Arboretum Canberra forms part of the digital revolution exhibit - Designs once produced manually can now be generated and altered at will, as this array of National Arboretum images shows. However, whether the output is handcrafted of digitally generated, the results are still works of the imagination.
View the exhibition video ONE HUNDRED FORESTS - National Arboretum Canberra
Planting Dreams is a free exhibit at the State Library of NSW open to the public till Sunday 15 January 2017
Photograph by Craig McDonald
This year’s evoke regional conference will be held in Queensland’s tropical north Townsville from September 8-11th. The international line up of speakers come from near and far from Finland to Costa Rica and Australia and this year will include TCL’s Kate Cullity.
Inspiring and evocative, evoke will focus on architecture and ideas that surpass function; those that connect with the human condition as does art, through experience of light, place, landscape and time.
For more details visit evoke
Nestled between Adelaide’s prized parklands and gardens the New CBD School- the first vertical school in South Australia, will set a new benchmark in the physical form, design and function of a contemporary school, as well as the quality and range of the learning experiences and opportunities that it generates for students. In particular, the school will be an active platform to develop and showcase advances in teaching and learning in the STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines.
The school’s operation will be characterised by the development of co-operative relationships with adjacent key educational, cultural and civic institutions to enrich the possibilities available to teachers and students whilst, in turn, the school’s facilities and prized location will be accessible to the wider community. In this way the school will serve as a valuable asset contributing actively to this critical city precinct.
The designs are the result of a partnership between local firm Cox Architecture and Design Inc, TCL, AECOM and KBR.
The 2016 AILA State Awards were held over the course of two evenings in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. In recent years both the Melbourne and Adelaide studios of TCL have collaborated with many creative colleagues to work on some of this country’s most significant and diverse landscape and urban design projects.
We are celebrating the receipt of 7 awards - including 4 Awards of Excelence:
- AILA VIC Award of Excellence for Urban Design for Monash University 'Caulfield Campus Green', VIC (with Kersulting, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Design Flow)
- AILA VIC Landscape Architecture Award for Civic Landscape for RMIT Bundoora Pedestrian Spine, VIC
- AILA WA Urban Design Award for Elizabeth Quays, Perth, WA (with ARM Architecture)
- AILA SA Parks and Open Space Award of Excellence for Henley Square Redevelopment, SA (with Troppo Architects)
- AILA SA Urban Design Landscape Architecture Award for Unley Central Precinct Plan, SA
- AILA SA Award of Excellence for Urban Design for Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge, SA (with TZG Architects and Aurecon)
- AILA SA Tourism Award of Excellence for Adelaide Airport Landside, SA (with Woodhead Architects)
We would like to thank our clients, collaborators and particularly our fabulous dedicated team in both studios who travel far and wide to ensure projects are designed and delivered to TCL’s renowned care and quality.
TCL’s educational landscapes are places for learning – ‘Fertile ground’ for the exchange of ideas, socialisation, imagination, reflection and reverie; a setting for the cultivation of the mind and body.
Our educational landscapes were commended last night at the 2016 AILA Victoria Awards with the receipt of two awards. Monash University ‘Caulfield Campus Green’(with Kersulting, Agatha Gothe-Snape and Design Flow) received the prestigious award “AILA Vic Award of Excellence” for Urban Design; and RMIT Bundoora Pedestrian Spine was awarded the “AILA Vic Landscape Architecture Award” in the Civic Landscape category.
The Weekend Australian’s Helen Young, spoke to TCL’s Kate Cullity about her intriguing approach to creating garden spaces.
Words by Helen Young - Cullity’s love of plants and the beauty of small things make her private garden designs unique. Her garden in Highgate, Adelaide, has been the canvas for experimenting over the years. Cullity and Taylor bought their large corner block in 1997, comprising a turn-of-the century stone villa and a separate studio with its own entrance.
“That layout immediately lent itself to creating a number of garden rooms,” says Cullity. “We were interested in exploring ideas that we were working with on public projects, as well the idea of creating a sense of movement, so there’s a kind of choreography in each space.”
The garden as a whole manages to be a quiet retreat, yet visually stimulating, a play between art and landscape, a haven for native birds, and a very personal expression of the power of gardens to tell stories.
Read the full article here
Andrew Burges Architects, in conjunction with Grimshaw Architects and TCL are targeting a 5 Star Design and As Built Green Star rating for Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre, the most ambitious sustainability target set for an aquatic centre to date. The project will incorporate an aquatic and fitness centre with three pools and fitness facilities, an adjacent 16,500sqm park consisting of a synthetic sports field, playground, skate areas, fitness stations, amenities buildings, BBQ areas and landscaping.
Rain gardens will be used to bio-filter collected water for re-use as irrigation and toilet flushing, while a number of earth berms made from excavated material will surround the centre to provide insulation and thermal mass to internal spaces.
Read more at Architecture&Design
The newly completed and celebrated Monash Clayton Eastern Residential Village took home the Urban Design Award at the annual Victorian Architecture Institute Awards, held on Friday 24th June at Melbourne’s Docklands. The collaborative project was recognised for its unified approach where four new multi-residential buildings are set amongst 5 hectares of indigenous and native parklands design by TCL. The natural character and existing ecological values of the Campus have been enhanced with tree lined pedestrian prioritised walks connecting residential accommodation and services to sporting spaces, native landscapes, a new campus park and education facilities in the heart of the campus.
First envisaged by MGS Architects in their 2011 Clayton Campus Masterplan, TCL were then engaged for the design and delivery of the Eastern Precinct Landscape in 2014, with the precinct open at the beginning of the 2016 university year.
Project Team: Eastern Precinct Landscape Architecture –TCL; 2011 Masterplan - MGS Architects; Residential Colleges - McBride Charles Ryan, Hayball and Richard Middleton Architects, Jackson Clements Burrows; Contractor – Brookfield Multiplex and ANLC;
Client – Monash University.
Photographer: Andrew Lloyd
“It is envisioned to be a "people's garden", where specially landscaped spaces encourage families and the community to come together.” - NParks
Collaboratively the TCL and WOHA team will now undertake the concept design for the 90ha site dubbed Singapore’s new national gardens.
The South Australian Government has announced a commitment of $180million towards ARM and TCL’s design for Adelaide Plaza Redevelopment. The redevelopment project jointly funded by the South Australian Government and the Walker Corporation will include an art space plaza, a new tree-lined avenue and waterfeature.
Read more and see the design at ArchitectureAU
Kate was interviewed by writer and journalist Tim Richardson from the UK’s Telegraph to explore who are the Capability Browns of today?
Below is a section from the article:
Brown has a status in landscape design similar to that of Shakespeare in literature, and one might wonder what he would be doing if he were alive in 2016.
There is simply no modern substitute for working on a landscape scale. The crucial difference, for a designer with such a big vision physically and conceptually, is that he or she would probably be working in the urban realm, for civic clients, rather than in the countryside for the aristocracy.
Read the full article at The Telegraph
Mark Tredinnick, TCL’s current KT Legacy Recipient met with The Planthunter, Georgina Reid to discuss his recently completed project New Shoots, a collection of six poems inspired by locations within the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney. The poems touch on the ideas of distance, place, growth, loneliness and change within the Gardens.
“Mark has always been drawn to wild places and ‘the big question of who we are because of where we are’. Gardens haven’t specifically been something he’s been drawn to as a subject, but ‘it’s as though they keep insisting themselves on me,’ he says. His involvement with the New Shoots project is illustrative of this, and whilst he jumped at the chance to be involved, he says he did warn The Red Room Company that his idea of a garden is no garden at all! “ – Georgina Reid
To read more and book yourself a ticket on the poetic tours of the gardens vists The Planthunter.
The WA government unveiled the new vision for the redevelopment of Perth’s Scarborough Beach public realm along with an $18 million funding boost announced in the 2016–17 state budget.
The transformation of the beach front public domain creates new precincts including the centrepiece of the redevelopment - Scarborough Square, which will be surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops. A sloping hill with views of the ocean, new promenades and nature-based activity spaces will form the new Sunset Hill.
Read the full article at ArchitectureAU
In a recent talk on waterfront activation Perry Lethlean discussed strategies for creating authentic waterfront experiences through distinctive design solutions rooted in local identity. Olha Romaniuk reports for IndesignLive.
“It was a conversation about fringe spaces, post-industrial transformation and waterfront reclamation that dominated the presentation by Perry Lethlean of Australian landscape architecture firm Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) at The URA Centre in Singapore. Having led many successful implementations of urban waterfront projects, Lethlean, a director of the Melbourne office of TCL, provided invaluable insights into sensitive and sensible waterfront design solutions, drawing examples from various cities, and making parallels to Singapore’s own unique maritime conditions and its rapidly changing waterfront.”
Read more at In Search of the Authentic Waterfront Experience
Read more at ArchitectureAU
Vote for The Pod Playground as Australian Best Playground by clicking here
AILA National are celebrating public play spaces and offering people from all over Australia the opportunity to vote for their favourite playground.
The Pod Playground at the National Arboretum, Canberra uses the idea of seeds as the beginning of life in the forest. Here children , their families and carers can enter an imaginary world of fanciful scales - a play space with giant acorns floating in the sky, and enormous banksia cones nestled on the forest floor.
Kate Cullity is one of numerous artists exhibiting work at Grit -an exhibition as part of the Adelaide Fringe Arts Festival at the Packing Shed at Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide. Grit is the sixth in a series of exhibitions that explore the digressions and tangents of a single-word elemental theme. Kate has also exhibited in previous years in the exhibitions. RUST | SALT | TAR
Kate’s artist’s statement
An ongoing photographic artwork entitled P Stops (approx. 1995 - ongoing) recognises my fascination with, and attention to the detail of viewing ground planes, particularly those in dry and desert landscapes. While travelling by car in these landscapes I am struck by the immediate shift of focus that occurs when getting out of the car during long drives to have a pee. How the grandeur of the landscape as witnessed from the car is transformed into one of observing the intimacy and minutia of a particular ground surface. Squatting close to the ground and being physiologically predisposed allows a meditative revelry for what is immediately at close range in-front of me. The scenes somehow present like a scientific quadrat or perhaps a wunderkammer; a precious, perfectly placed installation of found curios. I have been photographing these vignettes for many years and there is always a quiet magnificence and rightness to the scenes, as though I have discovered and unearthed a truth, somehow everything is in its place.
Coinciding with the beginning of the University year, the Monash Clayton Campus ‘Eastern Precinct Landscape’ will be fully open to the students for “O-week” 2016.
The opening of Campus Park and Northern Plaza signifies the completion of TCL’s design and delivery of Monash’s Eastern Precinct Landscape and adjacent Northern Plaza.
The Eastern Precinct Landscape hosts 1000 students living on Campus at Clayton, and offers Monash students a new kind of university experience. Immersed within a native garden setting, the precinct includes residential outdoor spaces, BBQ and picnic areas, seating, shade, native gardens, water treatment areas, passive recreation zones, sporting nodes, and outdoor dining for cafe and retail.
The Livingston Shire Council hosted a Community Open Day last Thursday 4th, showcasing TCL’s masterplan for the Yeppoon Foreshore Redevelopment.
Over 300 member of the local community provided valuable feedback and welcomed the aspirations and ideas of "Coastal journeys" presented within the masterplan.
TCL director Perry Lethlean said "We have been inspired by Yeppoon’s magnificent coastal setting and are looking forward to getting feedback on the early concepts for Yeppoon’s Foreshore. This community input will be vital in the ongoing development and refinement of the masterplan."
The initial masterplan ideas have strived to create a memorable and fun setting that heightens views to water, frame public spaces with beautiful landscapes and captures the distinctive relationship between, its beaches, linear foreshore, discovered spaces and its active community.
Over the next fortnight the public can have input to the masterplanning process by visiting the Livingston Shire Council website where feedback will be incorporated into the final masterplan issue.
Perth’s Elizabeth Quay opened last Friday 29th January. The new Quay buzzed with an electric atmosphere as the people of Perth and Western Australia alike descended on the space to experience the new waterfront development for themselves.
The beautiful 28 degree day drew thousands to the Quay were the unveiling of the Station Park water feature by ARM, TCL and JML captured the hearts and minds of all.
The completion of Elizabeth Quay by ARM Architecture and TCL illustrates that the delivery of large scale public realm collaborations with talented creatives enables a project to really come to life.
The Government of South Australian has released the new visions for the Adelaide Festival Plaza redevelopment designed by ARM Architecture and Taylor Cullity Lethlean. The plaza in the Riverbank precinct is set to become Adelaide's premier public realm destination.
Read more at ArchitectureAU
TCL’s Kate Cullity is TALKING PLANTS and design on ABC Radio National with Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne Director, Professor Tim Entwisle.
Tune in this Saturday 16th January at 10.05am to channel 621AM.
Photograph: North Adelaide Residence
Happy New Year.
TCL are back in the studio after our summer break and we are looking forward to more fabulous projects and collaborations in 2016.
One of the final highlights for 2015 was the opening of Geelong’s new Library and Heritage Centre a collaboration with ARM Architecture.
The giant geodesic dome, made from hexagonal glass reinforced panels is inserted into the picturesque landscape. This contemporary dome is distinctively new from the surrounding historic buildings yet colours link the new and old, the muted tones blend harmoniously.
The Ground and Level 1 landscape open out onto historic Johnstone Park, which contains many significant trees such as the heritage-listed Fastigated Monterey Cypress. The planting selection responds to the historic influences.
The building dome is cut away to extend the park into the building, a reference to picturesque gardens and ideas of the early Australian tradition of the beautiful ruin.
Photograph by John Gollings
TCL wishes you a happy festive season full of fun, family, sun and sleep-ins.
From Kate, Perry, Scott, Damian and the TCL Team Merry Christmas and we look forward to working and collaborating with you in 2016.
TCL's Melbourne Studio will be re-opening Monday 4th and the Adelaide Studio Monday 11th January 2016.
Photography: Flying Blind, The Australian Garden, Cranbourne by Les Williamson
The rapidly developing regional community of Springfield, Queensland has a new shopping hub in time for Christmas. Stage 1 of the Orion Springfield Centre is open for business. TCL’s urban design for the centre visually connects and unifies the town square, main street and existing buildings.
A series of “pod” forms manifest throughout the urban shopping realm into various architectural forms from kiosks, sculptural planters, seating, timber pergolas, a stage and pendant light fixtures.
TCL would like to congratulate University of Adelaide landscape architecture student Katarina Baumann on the receipt of this years TCL Student Prize.
Katarina's project HEAPS GOOD explores Brand-ography in marine environments. “My own experience is that the best sites for ‘earth art’ are sites thathave been disrupted by industry, reckless urbanisation, or nature’sown devastation.” Robert Smithson. To view Katarina's portfolio click here.
The hot start to summer has meant that many beachgoers have already enjoyed TCL and Troppo Architects winning design competition entry for the redevelopment of Henley Square. Officially opened this week, the suburban seaside precinct has come alive with many enjoying the flexible plaza, shelters , bustling outdoor spaces for cafes and a playful water- feature composed of a thin film of water. Other design elements include a promenade loop which circumnavigates the generous lawn , a deck with a long timber ‘ripple lounge’ which is an extension of the existing much loved Henley Beach Jetty , curvaceous and curious ‘beach showers’ and a series of terraces for seating and beach access.
The Adelaide Botanical Gardens Wetlands graces the cover of Landscape Architecture Australia Magazine Issue 148.
This issue of LAA covers the 2015 AILA State Awards in which the ABG Wetlands won the top award the South Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture.
"This rich project is an astonishing achievement within close proximity of a capital city. Working with a varied team of experts, TCL have developed a beautiful and thoroughly engaging space that is also a sophisticated educational experience and engineering triumph.
The jury rewards the intelligence, sensitivity and care of the designers in creating this special place."
Jury Citation: AILA SA 2015 South Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture
Sunflowers and urban happiness by David Bullpit visits the annual community project ‘Get Sunflowered’ in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.
TCL had the pleasure of designing a plot entitled ‘The Buzz’. This sunflower maze celebrates bees as the greatest life workers of any community.
Last Thursday night we celebrated the screening of Visiting Hours, a short film by Kasimir Burgess, the first recipient of the Kevin Taylor Legacy - Creative in Residence.
Kas had the opportunity during his residency to film the cartoonist, Michael Leunig while visiting a hospice where his childhood school teacher Joan lived. Joan was one of the few people to have faith in Michael and further his creativity.
Over Kas’ time as Creative in Residence, he sculpted this footage from this meeting into a short film which captures this inspiring old friendship.
The screening of Visiting Hours supported by the Kevin Taylor Legacy marks the end of Kasamir’s time with TCL.
We are sad to see Kasamirs’ time come to an end but hold his connection to us imbedded into our TCL family.
The Australian Garden in Cranbourne has won another prize, this time the International Garden Tourism Network's 2016 Garden Tourism Garden of the Year award. The award, judged by an international jury, was announced at the network's annual conference in South Korea and is the garden's 23rd prize since stage one opened in 2006. Tim Entwisle, director and chief executive of the RBG Victoria, said the popularity of the garden was only growing with more than 160,000 people visiting it in 2014-15.
Article by Megan Backhouse read more at Sydney Morning Herald
TCL has since it’s inception developed creative processes in community and client consultation and community development which enable a true understanding of local character, value and issues. These consultation skills came to the fore during a recent community workshop for St Kilda Triangle Masterplan.
On the back of TCL's success in winning the 2013 and 2014 WAF Landscape of the Year Award for the Australian Garden and the National Arboretum, Director Kate Cullity have been invited as a judge for this year's award.
The World Architecture Festival is from the 2nd till the 7th November. Kate will be attending the festival daily and a number of social events including the WAF Gala Dinner. Kate welcomes the opportunity to meet and share ideas with the international design community, so stop and say hello throughout the festival.
The Kevin Taylor Legacy applicants for this year showed a breadth of talent and experience that made it difficult for the panel to choose just one recipient.
Applicants included the following:
Liam Mugavin - a furniture maker who envisioned the ideas of the South Australian landscape in built form.
Sanne Mestrom - A visual artist exploring the expression of human form in relation to children’s play.
Margit Brunner - An architect and visual artists who wanted to extend her exploration of place and space in Orutunga in the Flinders Ranges.S.A.
Steaphan Paton - An Aboriginal visual artists who sought to explore the meaning of how his people navigate and name urbanised space.
Mark Tredinnick - A poet who sought to express the poetry of place through design.
Luke Altmann - A composer writing a musical score inspired by landscape, and have it performed by some of Australia’s best musicians.
CJ Conway - A visual artists exploring labyrinths as healing landscapes in Peru.
Kevin Taylor’s work left an important and valuable legacy that is integral to TCL’s current practise. By offering the 'Creative in Residence' grant, TCL are seeking to continue to expand the field of Landscape Architectural inquiry in relation to current practises and conditions.
After much deliberation TCL are pleased to announce Dr Mark Tredinnick, a poet and writer from Picton NSW as our 2nd 'Creative in Residence' for 2016. Mark holds a doctorate in literature and ecology, is a book editor and publisher, and formally worked as a lawyer. His work includes poetry, essay, lyric non-fiction, nature writing, photography and a series of books on the craft of writing. His publications include The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir, Fire Diary, Australia’s Wild Weather, The Little Green Grammar Book, The Little Red Writing Book - otherwise known as Writing Well: The Essential Guide.
Mark’s proposal included the following:
“I know that Kevin spoke, and TCL still do, of finding the poem of the place, through design. And it strikes me that to work with an artist whose work is poetry, offers rich opportunities for the firm, and for the poet, and our communities. I'm developing a proposal that explores the idea of a poem as a garden of numinous, endemic words, and of the garden as nature made poetic. A good garden catches the lyric of its country; so does a good poem. Needless to say, each also speaks the ideas and identity of its maker? I have in mind to make and publish a chapbook of poems along these lines, drawing on gardens designed by the firm.”
TCL would like to thank the diverse group of applicants who applied for this year’s grant and welcome Mark Tredinnick as our new ‘Creative in Residence’.
Monash University Eastern Precinct Landscape is currently under construction. The landscape is associated with four new student residential accommodation buildings. ‘Building 87’ by JCB Architects will be the first landscape to be completed, and consists of an immersive forest of advanced Water Gums - Tristaniopsis laurina ‘Luscious’ installed, under-planted with Lomandra ‘Tanika’. These lush gardens will surround areas of open lawn , creating a social setting for students.
The planting design for the Eastern Precinct has been developed with Paul Thompson and we are looking forward to watching this garden mature over the coming years.
Tonight from 4-8pm Monash University Caulfield Campus celebrates the launch of the new ‘Caulfield Campus Green’
TCL designed the mid-level masterplan which intended to provide an overall and consistent public realm experience. After 18 months of construction, what was once a confusing road and carpark is now a generous promenade and waterfeature providing a real sense of arrival from the Caulfield Train Station to the campus. This walk now provides a clear orientation spine and will link to the Library and to the MADA courtyard and MUMA courtyard beyond, uniting the East and West sides of the campus.
Join us and the Monash University community for the first of many events on the events lawn and associated terrace, the new centrepiece to the campus.
More details on the project can be founr here Monash University 'Caulfield Campus Green'
For more details on Twilight on the Green visit https://www.monash.edu/about/campuses/caulfield-campus/twilight-on-the-green
Image source: @MonashAlumni
“Water becomes a centrepiece to Parramatta Square and will animate it in many wonderful ways,” said Perry Lethlean, director of TCL. “It will celebrate the great diversity of Parramatta’s community and connect to a range of beautiful civic spaces that allow visitors, residents and workers to promenade, play, meet or be entertained.”
The Parramatta City Council has unveiled a draft concept design for Parramatta Square’s public domain. The concept for the 20,000 square metre space is designed by the consortium 4² includes JMD Design, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG), and Danish practice Gehl Architects.
The project comprises a central 10,000-square-metre area spanning 250 metres from Smith Street to St John Anglican Church. The public domain will be defined by a zigzagging watercourse with a fountain at the western end. It is a concept which represents Parramatta as a river city.
“The public realm will also include many inviting lawn spaces, display gardens and extensive tree planting to create a memorable setting and a unique Parramatta identity.” Perry Lethlean
To view the full concept renders visit ARCHITECTURAU
TCL’s Adelaide studio director Damian Schultz hit the streets of Adelaide to discuss how Adelaide is being 'activated'.
Street Furniture Australia chatted to Damian about his journey as a landscape architect and what’s making Adelaide a dynamic city to be working in at the moment.
Damian also spoke to - The Plan - Radio Adelaide presenters Jo Russell Clark and Martin Ridge about TCL’s recent success at the AILA SA Landscape Architecture Awards.
As construction of the Henley Square Redevelopment enters its 3rd month some of the key design elements including the central water feature, beachfront terraces and timber promenade are beginning to take shape.
The national competition winning design by TCL and Troppo Architects creates a reinvigorated plaza that acts as a flexible and open ‘village square’ for the community.
This week the Planning Minister John Day released the formally adopted master plan by TCL, which outlines the long-term vision to transform Scarborough into one of Australia’s best beachfronts.
The revitalisation will transform Scarborough into a vibrant beach hub, which will include “the creation of new play areas, green open spaces, a skate park, piazzas and boardwalks,” Mr Day said.
Read the full press release on the MRA Website
This year’s AILA SA 2015 Awards were hosted in a warehouse at one of TCL’s recently completed South Australian projects -Bowden Urban Village. The Bowden project represents years of planning, collaboration and innovation to transform prime inner city land from its former industrial uses. It is heralded as redefining city living in Adelaide.
TCL was awarded the highest award - The SA Medal for Landscape Architecture for the Adelaide Botanical Gardens Wetlands
This rich project is an astonishing achievement within close proximity of a capital city. Working with a varied team of experts, TCL have developed a beautiful and thoroughly engaging space that is also a sophisticated educational experience and engineering triumph. Jury Citation
The revitalization of Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga- Stage 1, (a collaborative project with TZG Architects) was awarded the Award of Excellence for Urban Design.
…the first fully endorsed masterplan for the site in over forty years, and the implementation of Stage One marks a significant turning point in transformation of this key place in the city. The many difficulties facing delivery of such high-profile public realm projects renders the achievements of this stage a credit both to the vision of the masterplan as well as to the careful documentation of the first Stage. Jury Citation
This year’s theme macro>micro explored the broad scales of work undertaken by landscape architects, including the key roles of Landscape Architects in reshaping Bowden’s gritty site and re-connecting it into the fabric of the city.
For more information on the 2015 South Australian Landscape Awards visit the AILA Website.
Five years down the track, the ‘Revitalising Central Dandenong’ Lonsdale Street project has proven to be an overwhelming success. Lonsdale Street is now considered one of Melbourne’s great boulevards. A green, pedestrian-friendly main street encompasses the city’s vibrant retail industry with wider footpaths, various urban furniture, bicycle stands, and – the jewel in the crown – 251 thriving Pin Oak trees.
City Green’s Sally Cameron revisited Lonsdale Street describing the project as a thriving streetscape which looks as if it’s always been there.
To read the full article click here
Last month’s issue of Landscape Architecture Australia features a conversation between TCL’s Kate Cullity and academic Jo Russell- Clarke reflecting on how digital technologies affect our relationship with site.
Read the full article here.
"Originally published in Landscape Architecture Australia issue 147.”
The $220 million overhaul of the under-utilised plaza is primarily geared towards reactivating the space by creating a new, single-level outdoor square. The new plaza will wrap around the Adelaide Festival Centre (which is also undergoing a proposed $90-million upgrade) connecting it to the riverfront.
To read the full article please visit ARCHITECTUEAU
TCL are pleased to share with you the newly created section of our website and the home of the Kevin Taylor Legacy.
The Kevin Taylor Legacy has been established in the memory of Kevin Taylor, a founding director of TCL. Throughout his career Kevin continually explored and challenged how we interact with, interpret, and represent the Australian landscape. He was also intrigued by how communities and individuals relate to the civic condition.
Dedicated to the art of Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Social Planning throughout his career, and employing a uniquely sensitive and immersive approach to design, Kevin's work has left an important and valuable legacy that is integral to TCL's current practice. By offering this Creative in Residence grant, TCL are seeking to continue and expand these fields of inquiry in relation to current practices and conditions.
The Expanded Field of Landscape Architecture Creative in Residence, administrated by the Kevin Taylor Legacy, provides creative individuals or groups the opportunity of a $12,000 supported residency program with TCL (in the Melbourne and/or Adelaide studio).
Further information can be found by visiting the TCL Website www.tcl.net.au
Secrets of Lightness, a sculptural installation by Janet Laurance, David Lancashire and Kate Cullity, commemorates Kevin Taylor's contribution to the design of the Australian Garden.
Photograph: Ben Wrigley.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) in Canberra has launched its 20-year masterplan to reinvigorate its heritage-listed gardens.
Developed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG), the masterplan aims to reverse the trend of declining visitor numbers that has plagued the ANBG since 2007.
The masterplan also proposes a walking trail that will connect the ANBG to the National Arboretum, located 10 minutes away, also designed by TCL and TZG and completed in 2013. Since it opened, the National Arboretum has exceeded its visitation projections by 10 fold. It is hoped the new masterplan for the ANBG, with the creation of new attractions, will appeal to a younger generation of patrons.
To read the full article please visit ARCHITECTUEAU
Edward J. Valauskas the curator of Rare Books at the Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden reviewed Making Sense of Landscape describing the publication as "A delightful collection of thought-provoking essays and delicious images” and a “book that will continue to beckon you to study its pages for many years."
This attractive, well-illustrated, and curious book is in homage to the values and creativity of Taylor Cullity Lethlean, an Australian firm specializing in landscaping, urban design, and architecture. Australia presents a large number of challenges to anyone attempting to tame a beautiful but unforgiving environment. Fortunately, there is some recognition of these issues, for on almost the first page of this work (verso of the title page), Kevin Taylor writes: "In Australia we are progressively waking up to our not knowing that we don't know. We are realising that we do not know this place."
In three large sections, entitled "Narrative," "Material Presence," and "Civic," a collection of essays and stunning photographs describe Taylor Cullity Lethlean's approach to Australia. Some are breathtaking, such as the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a kilometer from Uluru. Gini Lee's essay explains the logic of the setting for this Centre; I agree that "Uluru is not just the rock" that to many it represents Australia and its ancient cultures and histories. It is not without symbolism that the color of the binding of this book is Uluru-like.
A delightful collection of thought-provoking essays and delicious images, this book will continue to beckon you to study its pages for many years. —Edward J. Valauskas, curator of Rare Books, Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden
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Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga Stage One (with TZG and ACC) - The Gavin Walkley Award for Urban Design
Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge (with TZG and Aurecon) – The City of Adelaide Prize and Commendation Award - Urban Design
TCL are recognised for our love of collaborating with clients and consultants.
The Jury considers Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga to be an outstanding urban design project worthy of the Gavin Walkley Award. The Jury strongly supports that the success of the first stage of implementation reinforces the value and imperative delivering of the masterplan in full and looks forward to its realization in the years to come.
The Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge, a collaboration by TCL, TZG and Aurecon, shared the City of Adelaide Prize with the Adelaide Oval. The bridge is the first stage of the Riverbank Masterplan ( by ARM and TCL) and importantly connects Adelaide’s CBD with the sporting precinct .
Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge also won a Commendation Award in Urban Design.
The bridge is becoming an icon for the city as the backdrop for news reports, tourist imagery and also contributes to the way Adelaidians view their city as one of increasing sophistication and liveliness.
Pops of coloured furniture decorate the terrace at Monash University Caulfield Campus Green.
The TCL Studio were lucky to visit this inspirational education project last week. The Campus Green Project is set to officially open next month during O Week. The terrace is a focal point of the project. It hosts cafe style seating and BBQs for outdoor dinning as well as workspaces with power facilities allowing students to work within the landscape.
Last week the Macquarie Point Masterplan, a work in collaboration with John Wardle Architects and Inspiring Place, was launched in Hobart to the Tasmanian community. Located within the historic heart of Hobart between the CBD, the headland and Sullivans Cove, the Masterplan entitled ‘New Territory from Old Ground’ creates a number of ‘Key Drivers’ that underpin future public and private built form.
The Macquarie Point masterplan video takes you on a journey that captures the look and feel of the revitalised public realm, as well as the scale, shape and form of possible future development.
Presse release - Parramatta City Council
Parramatta City Council has chosen a team of four internationally renowned design firms to create a world-class public space area as part of the Parramatta Square urban renewal project.
More than 20,000sqm of public space will be transformed including 10,000sqm for a large central square spanning 250 metres from Smith Street to St John’s Anglican Cathedral.
Award-winning firms James Mather Delaney Design (JMD), Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) and Gehl Architects have won acclaim for their work both locally and overseas, including projects in New Zealand, the UK and New York’s Time Square and Broadway.
“It is an incredible privilege and responsibility to be given the opportunity to help remake the heart of a city and to translate the immense potential, optimism and richness of western Sydney into a public open space that contributes to the life of its inhabitants and provides a future legacy,” Mr James said.
The team has previously worked together on a number of notable projects including the Paddington Reservoir Gardens in Sydney, The National Arboretum in Canberra and Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga in Adelaide.
Image: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga in Adelaide by TCL and TZG Photographer John Gollings
Last month we announced that TCL were working on an exciting new project for IGA Berlin 2017. To recap TCL were invited to design the Australian Display Garden that will form part of the International Gardens Berlin - Gardens of the World – Garten der Welt exhibition.
As promised our journey through the design process for Cultivated by Fire is now live on our blog T|i|C|k|L|e.
The design abstractly represents the Aboriginal land management practice of ‘Fire Stick Farming’ in arid Australian landscapes and expresses the concept with the incorporation of charred poles, Eucalypt and Acacia seedlings, floriferous garden beds of Australian native plants and a walkable ground plane of crushed red brick. The completion of the concept design plan concludes this phase of the project, but there will be more to come as the project moves into construction.
TCL with Peter Elliott, Paul Thompson and Design Flow are pleased to be the winners of the Monash University Forum Design Competition. Our design, based on 3 key moves ‘Edit, Re-establish and Add’ transforms the ceremonial heart of the Monash Clayton Campus into a contemporary University landscape and urban design space immersed in history and culture.
The design supports the University's ambitions by transforming the campus into a dynamic 24 -7 ‘University City’ which provides a well-connected, beautiful and activated social setting.
TCL's director Scott Adams will be presenting 100 Forest National Arboretum Canberra tonight from 6pm at Deakin Waterfront Campus Geelong.
The Jacarandas are being craned into the centrepiece of the Monash Caulfield Campus Green project.
The deck terrace with a northerly aspect offers prime seating opportunities and will become a focal point for passive outdoor activity, with opportunities for cafe tables, chairs and spill out activities from adjacent buildings. The Jacaranda trees within the deck will provide dappled shade, as well as a distinct identity for the campus.
This month we are celebrating the talents of one of our founding Director Kate Cullity who has been named by Australian House and Garden magazine as one of this country’s top talents in the Horticulture and Landscaping field. ‘Kate’s work has shaped many homes, contributed to an authentically Australian aesthetic and enriched Australia’s design culture.’ Congratulations to Kate and to all the amazing Australian women featured in H&G’s ‘Women in Design’ special.
We introduced you to Kasimir Burgess a talented film maker back in October 2014, our first recipient of the Kevin Taylor Legacy Award.
TCL caught up last week with Kas to see how he is progressing and it has surely been a busy start to the year.
He is currently working on a range of projects that have taken him around the Asia Pacific region, from Vanuatu where he is working on a documentary to bring awareness to the importance of supporting children with disabilities, to more recently working on a project closer to home, which features a truly iconic Australian!Read More
"Taylor Cullity Lethlean, or TCL, as they’re more commonly known are one of Australia’s pre-eminent landscape architecture firms. With offices in Adelaide and Melbourne, they work on projects all over the world and regularly win international and national awards for their landscape projects, like Landscape of the Year at the 2014 World Architecture Festival. Yep, they’re good." Words by Georgina Reid
The Planthunter herself aka Georgina Reid caught up with TCL's director Kate Cullity to discuss the TCL culture and eclectic body of work.
Projects such as the Flinders Ranges National Park, and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre were concerned with design that allowed visitors to connect with the natural setting. The hand of the landscape architecture is hardly evident - Kate Cullity
To view the full article checkout The Planthunter.
This month you have two opportunities to hear Kate talk more about Beauty, Aesthetics and Care in both Tasmania and New South Wales.
Kate will also be speaking as part of the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens 2015 Garden Design Series on Thursday the 23rd of April book tickets here.
Stage 1 of the upgrade to Henley Square, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) and Troppo Architects will commence in April 2015.
BMD Constructions the project’s building contractor announced this week, that after lengthy negotiations with Charles Sturt Council they will start work in early April and expects to complete the revamp by late November.
To read the full article please visit The Advertiser
This week’s ArchiTel.TV episode features Jan Henderson's interview with Perry at WAF 2014 in Singapore. Perry discusses the design of the National Arboretum Canberra winner of the 2014 'Landscape of the Year' awards amongst other projects and the culture of TCL.
View Episode 61 here
The Arbour Garden at the Australian Garden Cranbourne displays the largest collection of Australian native climbing plants in the country. This image shared by The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Inc. shows just much the climbers have grown as their foliage begins to clad the frame elements.
Garden for the Future. We are thrilled to be able to finally share this exciting project, we have been working on. The City of Greater Bendigo has begun exhibiting the masterplan design for the garden on their website visit Bendigo Botanic Gardens. Featured here is the Fun and Fantacy Garden with its fantastic plants, fun hedges, topiary and living sculptures and playful sculpted lawn.
Kerry Hill Architects and TCL take on the world in competition to redesign the Art Gallery of NSW. Architecture&Design announced the shortlisted list of Architects from around the world. Kerry Hill Architects with TCL and Sean Godsell are the only Australians teams announced on the five-strong shortlist to submit designs for ‘The Sydney Modern Project’.
For the full shorlist and article click here
The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is very much taking shape as construction continues on the buildings iconic shape. TCL captured another polygon panel being installation at ‘The Dome’ today.
The Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge Project made for a dramatic addition to the theatre of Adelaide's New Year’s Eve 2014. Presented by Adelaide City Council featuring the Nine News Fireworks. What a display! TCL wish you all a happy and prosperous 2015. Photograph by archie five photography
Happy New Year from all at TCL. We are looking forward to what new projects, collaborations and experiences 2015 will bring. One of our waterfront projects with ARM Architecture sure to make an impact in 2015 is the opening of Elizabeth Quay in Perth this Spring. Checkout ArchitectureAU article featuring Elizabeth Quay here 2015: The year ahead
TCL wish all our clients, colleagues, collaborators and friends a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
The Melbourne Studio’s last business day for 2014 will be Friday 19th December 2014, re-opening Monday 5th January 2015.
The Adelaide Studio’s last business day for 2014 will be Tuesday 23rd December, re-opening Monday 12th January 2015.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The 2014 TCL Landscape Architecture Student Prize was awarded to Harriet Robertson from RMIT University. Harriet’s portfolio titled ‘OPEN INDUSTRY’ explores a Business Model for Multiple Flexible Forms of Production “every Landscape is formed and changed through a productive foundation.” We would like to congratulate Harriet on the receipt of the award and for her brilliant project contribution to Landscape Architecture.
Thank you AILA Victoria for throwing a wonderful industry awards night last Friday. Congratulations to all the other entries and winners, we were delighted with the receipt of the AILA Presidents Award for our publication ‘Making Sense of Landscape’. The gallery style exhibition of the entries was a real highlight to the event. The venue, Two Ton Max in North Melbourne and variety of catering options were really well put together. Thanks again for a great evening.
TCL’s director Scott Adam’s was on assignment in Africa last week. TCL are part of the International team working on a Masterplan for the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, located at the entry of Nairobi National Park, Kenya.
The current orphanage which was established in 1961 has become over crowded. TCL are preparing a masterplan to update and expand the orphanage to double its current size, with an objective of creating a world class animal orphanage for the treatment, rehabilitation and release of wild animals, as well as a life facility for animals unable to be released.
Earlier this month the winners of the Sydney Green Square International design competition were announced. TCL, ABA Architects and Grimshaw were selected from a global field of nearly 150 designs for the City of Sydney project.
The Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre will cover 16,500 square metres with 2630 square metres of swimming space. Chairman of the jury, Melbourne architect Carey Lyon, praised the artful combination of a landscaped park with an aquatic centre so close to the city centre.
"It cleverly integrated the idea of a park with a building that was the strong view of the judges," Mr Lyon said.
The estimated $8 billion, 278-hectare Green Square has been called Australia's largest urban development and encompasses Beaconsfield and Zetland and parts of Alexandria.
The City of Gold Coast are hosting an Urban Design Seminar. TCL's Director Kate Cullity will be presenting on the topic of A Collaborative Process Ensures an Integrated Outcome.
"TCL view the design of cities and urban areas as a collaborative process, one where urban designers are planning and design facilitators that bring a whole multitude of people and disciplines together to make the outcome a site specific and integrated whole. Kate Cullity’s talk will provide insight into T.C.L’s site specific and collaborative urban design projects and highlight projects where they have collaborated with Design Flow , an ecological engineering firm with practices in both Adelaide and the Gold Coast."
12.30pm Thursday 20 November 2014Gold Coast Arts Centre - Lakeside Terrace, 135 Bundall Road
Please RSVP via email to Sonya Maurer, [email protected]
TCL’s success at this year’s Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Awards in Brisbane has topped off a tremendously successful year of national and international award wins for the practice. TCL won a total of six awards on the evening including the major Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture for the National Arboretum in Canberra (with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer). The other award wins include:
The Australian Garden Completion, with Paul Thompson - AILA National Excellence Award for Design;
The Auckland Waterfront - North Wharf Promenade and Silo Parkland, with New Zealand Landscape Architects Wraight + Associates - AILA National Award for Urban Design;
Revitalising Central Dandenong- Lonsdale Street Redevelopment with Architects BKK - AILA National Award for Excellence in Urban Design;
North Adelaide and Adelaide Villa Gardens - The Edna Walling National Award for Residential Design Landscape;
TCL Tickle Booklets - AILA National Award for Research.
TCL is delighted to be the recipient of so many prestigious awards in 2014 which not only represents a significant year for the practice, projects, collaborators and clients, but also for Australian and New Zealand Landscape Architecture globally.
Earlier this month TCL was awarded the prestigious Rosa Barba Landscape Prize in Barcelona for Auckland Waterfront – North Wharf Promenade and Silo Park (with Wraight + Associates), and the World Architecture Festival ‘Landscape of the Year Award’ for the National Arboretum in Canberra (with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer).
TCL would like to thank and congratulate all involved in these award-winning projects, on such a successful 2014.
For more information on the AILA National Awards checkout their new look website AILA National
Image courtesy of AILA National.
TCL launched the Kevin Taylor Legacy at the State Library of Queensland on Friday 17 October, as part of the 2014 FORECAST Festival of Landscape Architecture. During the launch, the first ‘Creative in Residence’, Kasimir Burgess was announced.
Kasimir is a film-maker who is most interested in how the physical and metaphoric, and power of landscape can inform his creative medium and practice. TCL would like to congratulate Kasimir, who is heralded by his profession as a bright new talent. To view Kasimir’s award-winning work, visit: Kasimir Burgess Film
About the Kevin Taylor Legacy - The Expanded Field of Landscape Architecture Creative in Residence
The Kevin Taylor Legacy has been established in memory of Kevin Taylor, a founding director of TCL. Kevin trained as an architect and a landscape architect and had particular interests in how we represent, interpret and interact with the Australian landscape. He also had a strong interest in urban design and social planning, particularly in respect to how community and individuals relate to the civic condition.
The Kevin Taylor Legacy is a grant for individuals from any profession, industry, trade or arts that are interested in ideas relating to the expanded field of landscape architecture. TCL is referring to such people as ‘creatives’.
Click to learn more about the Kevin Taylor Legacy.
TCL are at the Festival of Landscape Architecture in Brisbane this week. Don’t miss Perry Lethlean and Anton James’s discussion "Creative Journeys – Landscape Collaborations" at the Forecast Festival on Friday 17th and TCL’s launch of the KT Legacy and ‘Marking Sense of Landscape’ at 3pm at the Stage Library of Queensland.
For further details checkout the FORECAST website.
TCL has once again scooped the prestigious ‘Landscape of the Year Award’ at the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF) for its design of the National Arboretum in Canberra with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG).
The award follows on from the firm's success at last year’s WAF Awards, where it received top honours for the Australian Garden, and caps off a momentous week for TCL who also won the Rosa Barba Landscape Prize in Barcelona with Wraight + Associates for the Auckland Waterfront.
The ‘Landscape of the Year’ award was awarded to TCL and TZG on 3 October at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The ceremony marked the culmination of WAF 2014 – the largest festival and live awards programme for the global architecture community, which ran over three days from 1-3 October.
The National Arboretum was selected by a jury of some of the world's most highly regarded architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of ten entries from Australia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Switzerland and Turkey.
Congratulations to all involved. For more information on WAF 2014 checkout dezeen magazine
The 8th Rosa Barba Landscape Prize presented to Perry in Barcelona came in the form of a remarkable watercolour painting by Perico Pastor.
Perico Pastor is a very well-known artist in Spain. He lives in Barcelona and is the illustrator of the newspaper “La Vanguardia”. He has exhibited in many Spanish galleries and around Europe and he also does performances. He uses Japanese papers, ink and watercolours to show the human figure in different ambiences.
TCL + WA (Wraight + Associates) have scooped one of the world’s most prestigious landscape architecture awards in Barcelona. TCL + WA were awarded The Rosa Barba Landscape Prize for the transformation of Auckland’s waterfront which was completed in 2011.
Perry said -
“We’re extremely honoured to win this prestigious award in what is the first time it has been opened to the international marketplace. The Rosa Barba Landscape Prize recognises the world’s best in landscape architecture from the past five years, which was clearly evident in the calibre of outstanding shortlisted projects,”
The Auckland Waterfront project, comprising North Wharf Promenade, Jellicoe Street and Silo Park, involved the transformation of a decrepit industrial maritime site into a vibrant and diverse public precinct.
“It was an enjoyable design journey, the project is noted for its overlapping themes concerning friction, the ‘as found’ and reprogramming derelict artefacts,”
The design challenges conventions by celebrating its original elements and encouraging public interaction with the waterfront’s industry.
This prize marks the second major international award for TCL in the past year, with the practice winning the major ‘Landscape of the Year Award’ at the World Architecture Festival Awards last October.
Congratulations to all involved on the project.
This week TCL was mentioned on RRR’s show The Architects. The presenters were discussing the shortlisted entrants for the ROSA Barba Landscape Prize which is being held in Barcelona next week. TCL have been shortlisted for our project in collaboration with WA Auckland Waterfront - North Wharf Promenade, Jellicoe Street and Silo Park.
Listen to the full interview here
The Australian Garden features in the new copy of Top 100 World's Landscape - Ecological Landscape. The publication showcases International projects of Sustainable, Ecological, Waterfront and Leisure significance. The TCL studio was thrilled to see that the Australian Garden's, Costal Edge Garden and Sand Garden not only feature inside the publication but also on the front and back covers.Read More
UNLEY Council has approved a long-term plan to revive Unley’s heart with higher density living, social public spaces and a tram line.Read More
We just received our copies of this month’s Landscape Architecture Australia Magazine - Contemporary Public Gardens. Issue 143 features the Australian Garden an interview with our Director Perry Lethlean and a review on our new publication 'Making Sense of Landscape'. It’s a great issue and well worth picking up a copy.
TCL are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival for the National Arboretum Canberra. The winner of the Landscape category will be announced during the 3 day festival in Singapore in October, which are delighted to be attending again in 2014.
'THE Riverbank Precinct Pedestrian Bridge was bathed in Adelaide Crows colours on Saturday night when LED lighting and a water feature were switched on for the first time marking the official completion of the $40 million project.'
The Adelaide Advertiser captured the official opening of the Riverbank Precinct Pedestrian Bridge in Adelaide over the weekend.
Read the full article at The Advertiser
The National Arboretum Canberra design by TCL in collaboration with TZG has won the AIA Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design and the Canberra Medallion at the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects ACT Awards. TCL’s director Scott Adam’s gave the acceptance speech on the evening and expressed how thrilled TCL are to receive such an award.
Read more about the 2014 ACT Awards
On the back of Kate’s lecture and launch of ‘Making Sense of Landscape’ at UWA in Perth last month, Kate Cullity one of TCL’s Directors has been recognised by PerthNow and The Sunday Times as one of the men and women shaping our world and pushing WA to new boundaries. The countdown of WA’s 100 Best and Brightest is part of ‘Shaping our World’ edition.
“Kate Cullity is the “Cullity” in Taylor Cullity Lethlean, the Australian architecture firm that won the Landscape of the Year award at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore in October.”
This year TCL will be travelling to Europe and taking part in a host of lectures and events. Founding Director Kate Cullity will be attending the Venice Architecture Biennial to be held in Venice, Italy in June. Following this Kate has been invited to give a lecture to students at the University of Applied Arts, Angewandte Kunst Wien in Vienna. Other events on the itinerary include the 8th Barcelona Biennale of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona, Spain and a possible lectures in London and New York to launch TCL’s new book ‘Making Sense of Landscape’ details to be confirmed.
Construction continues on the Riverbank Footbridge in Adelaide. During a routine site visit our staff captured the amazing watery pattern from the River Torrens below. The movement of water is being reflected onto the bridges underside. On a sunny day this effect intensifies giving the bridge movement, texture and pattern and showcasing the bridges connection to the river. It is well worth a visit to see for yourself. The Bridge is open to the public and has already proved during the Ashes Series and AFL Season just how much of an important link it is between the City’s Riverbank Precinct and Adelaide Oval.
Telling Stories: Narratives of Landscape - Exploring Beauty, Aesthetics and Care
TCL's Director and leading landscape architect Kate Cullity will be presenting a lecture at the University of Western Australia on TCL’s projects entitled 'Telling Stories: Narratives of Landscape - Exploring Beauty, Aesthetics and Care,.
Simon Anderson, University Of Western Australia Winthrop Professor and Dean /Head of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Visual Arts will be launching TCL's book 'Making Sense of Landscape'.
The lecture and launch will be held in the Theatre Auditorium of UWA’s University Club at 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 May 2014.
Kate's lecture and the launch will be followed by drinks and canapés in the Banquet Hall. The University Club of Western Australia Hackett Drive, Crawley Entrance #1Carpark #3
Please RSVP by Wednesday 7 May via e-mail to [email protected]. For enquiries please call (08) 6488 1881.
It seems that the Royal's 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand included visits to TCL projects. Above are pictures of William and Kate at the National Arboretum and Pod Playground in Canberra, where they planted an English Oak tree and played with children and at Auckland Waterfront, where they went sailing out into the harbour.
Image source: https://twitter.com/WaterfrontAKL
'An acclaimed design firm takes an abstract approach to landscape architecture.'
Perry Lethlean Director of TCL was interviewed by Megan Backhouse for the Saturday Age following the launch of TCL's new book 'Making Sense of Landscape'.
Read the Full article at The Age
TCL are pleased to announce the recent completion of the Adelaide Airport water feature, designed in collaboration with artist Mark Stoner and water feature specialists Waterforms Australia. The water feature entitled Watercourse is located within the new Adelaide Airport Plaza, also designed by TCL.
The sculptural stone water feature, composed of over six hundred individually carved granite pieces, takes its inspiration from the creeks that lace through the often parched South Australian landscape, with the patterning and forms of the interior reminiscent of how water carves the sand and rock of creek beds as it pulses, gushes or meanders on a journey of least resistance. Watercourse acts as a poignant reminder of the life-affirming presence of water.
Watercourse is animated at the terminal end by a waterfall which adds a refreshing slashing sound to its surroundings. The generous sides create seating opportunities, while the bridge at the western end allows for easy access across the airport plaza.
One of the world’s most highly acclaimed landscape architecture firms, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) launched Making Sense of Landscape in March – a must-have book for landscape architecture and design enthusiasts.
Published by Spacemaker Press and edited by University Professors, Gini Lee and Sue Anne Ware, Making Sense of Landscape features 17 essays by leading writers, academics, curators, artists and designers.
The essays delve into over 25 years of work by TCL, accompanied by project plans, drawings and captivating professional photography.
Among the featured projects are the Australian Garden –Winner 2013 World Architecture Festival Landscape of the Year Award, and other highly awarded projects including Forest Gallery at the Melbourne Museum, The National Canberra Arboretum, Auckland Waterfront and Adelaide’s North Terrace.
Internationally renowned publisher, Gordon Goff of ORO Editions, who is distributing the book, believes Making Sense of Landscape will be enjoyed by readers worldwide. ‘TCL is without a doubt one of the world's most creative and impressive landscape architecture firms. The fact that they won the World Architecture Festival's Landscape of the Year award in 2013 is testament to that,’ he said.
Making Sense of Landscape is a comprehensive document which thoroughly informs the reader of the innovative and creative design process that TCL employs in its ground breaking projects.’
The book was officially launched by Adelaide’s Right Honourable Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood on 20 March at North Terrace, outside the Art Gallery of South Australia; and by Victorian Government Architect Geoffrey London on 28 March at Melbourne Museum’s Forest Gallery.
Making Sense of Landscape will be available to purchase from both studios in Melbourne and Adelaide, online and from leading architecture and design bookstores.
Making Sense of Landscape
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AILA Victoria held the first of a series of President's lunches. This first lunch was titled ‘Lessons Learnt’ and focused on practice. TCL's Perry Lethlean shared in his practice experiences along with two other experienced practice owners from varying sized practice. The speakers included:
• Perry Lethlean - TCL
• Steve Calhoun - Tract
• Bruce Echberg - Urban Initiatives
As the founding partner, with her late husband Kevin Taylor, of the landscape architecture firm Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Cullity has had a profound influence on some of the most significant public spaces in Australia, from Sydney’s Manly Corso to the Australian Garden in Victoria, in national parks from the Flinders to Kangaroo Island and Central Australia. Her impact is especially evident in Adelaide. From Victoria Square to the Torrens Footbridge, the re-design of the North Terrace cultural precinct and, still to come, Henley Square, Cullity has been a leading part of design and build teams that have helped to shape the way we experience some of our city’s most important public spaces. Much of this work was undertaken in partnership with Taylor, who died suddenly in 2011. That Cullity has continued her work without him is a tribute to her strength and her commitment to her work. In the past two years, TCL has won numerous awards, including the South Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture and the international 2013 Landscape of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival.
"Victoria Square shows the value of not just focusing attention on one area of the city at the expense of others. The more hubs and hives of activity we can create, the more exciting and attractive the city will become." Source THE ADVERTISER FEBRUARY 21, 2014 8:30PM
Read the full article at Adelaid Now
TCL are pleased to announce that directors Perry Lethlean and Kate Cullity have each completed and passed their PhD’s with flying colours. The Phd entitled Braided Pathways, a Practice Sustained by Difference is a study of their collaborative practice, as well as individual essays that explore particular interests that have informed the work. The PhD was undertaken at RMIT as part of the Practice Research Symposium (PRS) weekends at RMIT.Read More
Victoria Square Stage 1 will be completed and opened to the public next Monday 13th January 2014. As promised the square will be opened in time for the Tour Down Under. The northern half of the square will be the setting for the Tour Village and Bike Expo, which opens on Saturday 18th January and is followed by a team presentation and concert that night.
Congratulations to all involved we are looking forward to the opening!Read More
The recipient of the TCL Landscape Architecture Prize for 2013 is Nigel Reichenbach, for his project entitled The Office Landscape.
The TCL Landscape Architecture prize is intended to recognise students who achieve the highest quality design in the final year of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at The University of Adelaide.
To see more on Nigel’s project please visit our TickleBlog
Congratulations again Nigel!
Residents gathered in the Girgarre Memorial Hall on Tuesday night for the unveiling of the draft masterplan for the new botanical gardens in Gargarre.
"What we're doing is not only thinking of Girgarre, we want to give back to the area. The Girgarre plan is about the people who live in the area, not just the people who live in Girgarre" - Jan Smith
Text by the SHEPPARTON NEWS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2013
Enoch Wins Gold in the recent Laminex Group DIA SA Awards for his rug entitled - Folded Tones
Judges comments: Folded Tones is a rug design that innovatively changes the viewer’s perception of space.
The panel felt there are many opportunities to develop the original “illusion” concept into a broad range of rug applications.
Each judge felt the simple and effective entry is highly innovative and commercial, and demonstrates an exceptional level of achievement by taking the humble rug to many new levels.
Bonhag and De Rosa with TCL were awarded joint Second Place for the Royal Adelaide Hospital Design Competition, announced by Deputy Premier Rau this morning at the RAH Site Exhibition Space on Hindley Street.
TCL has been working on the initial design stages of Monash's Caulfield Campus Green which is a $5m redevelopment project of the central campus area. The Caulfield campus is the university's second largest campus and is envisioned to be a prestigious inner-city campus that is strongly connected to its urban context.
TCL has recently completed the landscape design for MAB's building in Docklands. The project includes the design of the streets and public spaces at ground level as well as the design of a roof garden. The treatment of the ground plane connects the spaces surrounding the building through careful consideration of vehicular passageways, pedestrianised streets and street character. The roof garden on the other hand, supports sports and recreational uses while maintaining visual interest from the surrounding buildings.
AILA Victoria announced at the Annual Awards night on Friday the winners of the 2013 AILA Victoria Awards. TCL proudly received a design award of Excellence for The Australian Garden Completion and a design award for The Pod Playground. These awards acknowledge the significance these projects play in Australian Design and Landscape Architecture.
TCL’s director Perry Lethlean was recognised at the 2013 AILA Victoria Awards with an ALIA Fellowship for his distinguished service to Landscape Architecture and The Institute on a National and State Level. Congratulations Perry.
Australian Designers – Their Stories
Garden Voices “revels a clear panoramic vision of this country”. This new publication by Anne Latreille showcases an inspirational collection of Australian Gardens and Landscape Design Projects. the stories of the designers who created them. TCL’s directors are thrilled to have had the opportunity to contribute in a Conversation – with the land, the place and the people.
Published by Bloomings Books Pty Ltd
The Adelaide Botanic Garden First Creek Wetland was officially opened last Friday by both State and Federal Environment ministers. The project is the result of a long term collaboration between the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, and is part of the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan.
TCL led a team of consultants to produce a functioning wetland, as well as a demonstration and educational facility. The wetland is expected to recover and treat enough water to provide irrigation for the whole of the botanic garden within eight years. First Creek Wetland aims to educate visitors about the interrelationship between people water and plants, and provides a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide now and into the future.
TCL's Senior Landscape Architect Chris Johnstone will be joining Natasha Mitchel on her Life Matters Radio National program at 9am tomorrow morning. Tune in for a conversation on People and Trees.
Painting by Alexander McKenzie
Title: Building a Nation: The State of Play in Australian Architecture
Blog: The Conversation
Author: Philip Crowther; Lindy Osborne
Project: Australian Garden
'Australia's Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts' is a project hosted by Pro Bono Australia to celebrate and share influential moments that have shaped the country.
Read more about it here
You can also vote for the "Public Choice Awards - Top 10 Philanthropic Gifts" by clicking on this link. Voting is open until 5pm EST Monday, 28 October 2013.Read More at
TCL has taken home the SA State Award for the Adelaide Airport Landside Infrastructure Project and Walls Winner for Hamer Hall, Southbank at the CCAA Public Domain Awards.
The judges said of the Airport: “Using metaphorical landscape elements to provide sinuous pattern and form has elevated the often pedestrian qualities of airport forecourts and infrastructure into a memorable visitor experience, resonant of this dry place”
And of Hamer Hall: “The expressive forms and apertures transform a previously unremarkable riverside walk, and in addition signal to the city a confidence in the next era for the arts”Read More at
The Australian Garden's win at the World Architecture Festival 2013 has been featured in several online articles. Read these articles by clicking on the links below:
TCL are proud to announce that the Australian Garden received the award for the best landscape project of the year at the 2013 World Architecture Festival recently held in Singapore. TCL would like to congratulate all involved on both stages 1 and 2 of the project!
Over the past 5 years, TCL and its project team with Adelaide City Council have undertaken the $100million Masterplan and subsequent design stages of Victoria Square, Adelaide's most significant single Urban Design project.
Construction of Stage 1 is now well underway with paving being laid in the central plaza along Grote and Wakefield Street. Major components of Stage one are expected to be complete in January 2014 before the first event in the square, the Tour Down Under.
The Premier's Design Awards recognizes design excellence by Victorian designers across a range of disciplines and the Australian Garden Completion has been selected as a finalist in the Architectural Design Category. Presentation of the awards will be held in October.
Click here for more about the Australian Garden and a full list of other Architectural Design finalists.
The Australian Garden in the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, VIC has been featured in a set of stamps issued by the Australia Post named 'Australian Botanic Gardens II' along with botanic gardens from Tasmania, New South Wales, ACT and the Northern Territory. We'd love to see a picture if you get one of these in the mail!
TCL has been working on a feasibility concept for the area generally described as the Hub on the Bundoora RMIT Campus. The intent of the project is to improve student staff experience in this location through providing spaces for social engagement, spill out cafe and library functions, improved pavements as well as furnishings and lighting.
TCL was awarded a total of 6 awards, including the AILA South Australia Medal for Landscape Architecture which went to the North Terrace Redevelopment. The late Kevin Taylor was also awarded the President's Award for his contributions to Landscape Architecture.
Title: Cidade Em Movimento
Magazine: Arquitetura Urbanismo
Author: Bianca Antunes
Project: Auckland Waterfront
Perry Lethlean was invited to present a series of lectures in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington as a visiting fellow by the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects in July. He presented a lecture titled 'Interpreting Place through the Artistry of Landscape Architecture' and also ran a masterclass in Christchurch. Special thanks to the NZILA Education Foundation for making this event possible.
Stage 1 of Oakland’s wetland Stormwater Reuse Scheme was officially opened last weekend at a community event held onsite. Whilst the final construction phase is not expected to be completed until the end of September, the day brought an opportunity to get a glimpse into what the community can expect as the finishing touches come together.
The project has been a long time coming with a partnership between the Marion City Council and the NRM board. TCL were instrumental in developing a council endorsed master plan ending 20 years of reports and studies by a myriad of consultants.
Stay tuned for the final reveal in late September.
TCL with Troppo Architects have won the design competition for Henley Square held by the City of Charles Sturt in South Australia.
The Canberra National Arboretum and Australian Garden have been shortlisted for the 2013 World Architecture Festival Awards. The festival will be held in Singapore from the 2nd to 4th of October.
The Australian Garden and the Pod Playground have been shortlisted for the Landscape Design - Commercial and Urban Design categories respectively.
Click on the links below to vote:
Title: Henleys $8m refit - its hip to be square
Newspaper: The Advertiser
Author: Deborah Bongle
Project: Henley Square
The latest addition to the National Arboretum, the Pod playground opened to the public on the 24th June, the opening was a success with the playspace hosting more than 700 children and families on its opening day. The playspace is a bespoke collection of giant sized acorns and banksia seed pods to host children of all ages.
Inspired by the Arboretum’s 100 forests of rare and endangered trees from around the world, the playground has been designed to creatively engage children with the beauty of trees and foster life-long connections to the remarkable surrounding environment.
Title: Forest, Garden and Pleasure Ground for the New Century
Author: Gini Lee
Project: Canberra Arboretum
Title: National Arboretum Canberra
Magazine: Architectural Review Asia Pacific
Author: Christopher Vernon
Publisher: Australia Design Review
Project: Canberra Arboretum
Title: Auckland: New City Spaces
Publisher: Balasoglou Books
Project: Auckland Waterfront
The revitalisation of Lonsdale Street, Dandenong was awarded the 2013 Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design at the Australian Institute of Architecture Victoria Awards.
Lonsdale Street, Dandenong received a commendation at the Planning Institute of Australia Urban Design awards, last week.
Along with a new website over the last three years, TCL have undertaken works to update our logo and brand with Trampoline Design. New business cards, letter head and envelopes have been created as part of this process. The colours selected are inspired by the desert, a colour often used within our projects and the colour green linking back to our original logo.
TCL is in the concept phase of design for the National Rock Garden in Canberra. The garden will showcase around 100 significant rock specimens from Australia. These specimens will tell stories – cultural, scientific and historical—about the relationship between the continent’s unique geology and Australian culture, industry, and identity. The design proposal emerges from discussions between TCL, Luke Simpkin (Manager of Live Exhibits at the Melbourne Museum), and a committee of Australian geologists led by Professor Brad Pillans (Australia National University).
A sculptural installation has been unveiled at the Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne to commemorate Landscape Architect, Kevin Taylor’s (1953-2011) significant contribution to its genesis and fruition.
Designed by internationally renowned artist, Janet Laurence, in collaboration with David Lancashire and Kate Cullity, Secrets of Lightness was proposed by former Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Dr Philip Moors, and has been installed in one of Kevin’s favourite areas within the ‘Eucalypt Walk’ of The Australian Garden.
“Kevin Taylor's creativity and passion for the Australian flora can be seen in every tree and stone in this garden. Now with this beautiful sculptural element his words will be part of that inspiring landscape,” said Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Publisher: World Landscape Architecture
Project: Henley Square
Title: The National Arboretum Canberra
Magazine: Landscape Architecture Australia
Publisher: Architecture Media Pty Ltd
Project: Canberra Arboretum
Title: On the cusp of creating a new Perth
Newspaper: The West Australian
Author: Yolanda Zaw
Project: Perth Waterfront
TCL, in collaboration JMD Design Landscape Architects, TZG Architects, and artist Robert Owen, completed a design entry for Alumni Park, part of the UNSW campus in Sydney.
The proposal conceptualized the Park as the University’s Living Room, a dynamic public space of exchange for the University’s various communities and the centre of campus life.
Last night Enoch Liew won the Rodney Beams Award for the best final year project of 2012 .
Rodney Beams was a great Landscape Architect in Adelaide who was interested in the intersection of landscape and art and was instrumental in environmentally focused large scale projects.
Last night Adelaidean’s gathered in the heart of the city for an event run by Samstag Museum and photographer Simon Terrill. Crowd Theory invited people with a connection to the Square to come and be recognised in a space about to be transformed by Stage 1 of the Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga Masterplan Project. Simon’s work will be exhibited at the Samstag in May.
A part of a wider strategy to revitalise the CBD, the SA government commissioned TCL to create a 'pop up' public space on Bank Street in Adelaide. It is hoped that Bank Street along with a number of city wide interventions will strengthen a pedestrian and cycling friendly link from the Riverbank Precinct to the Adelaide Central Market.
Pavement artwork by Sam Songailo.
Title: The Vision Splendid
Newspaper: The Canberra Times - National Arboretum Opening Souvenir Guide
Author: Sally Pryor
Project: Canberra Arboretum
Title: Taylor Cullity Lethlean Discusses Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga
Magazine: Landscape Architecture Australia
Publisher: Architecture Media Pty Ltd
Project: Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga
Title: Post-Industrial Public
Author: SueAnne Ware
Publisher: World Landscape Architect
Project: Auckland Waterfront
On Saturday 24th November, the National Arboretum played host to 4,400 visitors. The event saw South Korean Soprano Sumi Jo perform within the recently constructed outdoor amphitheatre.The entire National Arboretum is due to be opened to the public on 1 February 2013.
The Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wetland commenced design work in 2009. Complex construction works of integrated engineering systems and natural processes for water purification are approximately 90% complete. Planting contracts are well underway creating the newest Botanic Garden precinct in the city of Adelaide. This will be followed with interpretation delivery to commence early next year for completion Mid 2013
TiCkLe; TCL's vehicle for research, discourse and collaboration was awarded a commendation at the Victoria AILA Awards on Friday evening. "The jury agreed that the booklets reflect a maturity of practice of landscape architecture, and commend the initiative to contribute to the depth and breadth of the profession."
TCL (in collaboration with BKK) are pleased to announce receipt of the AILA Design Excellence award for Victoria. The award was announced on Friday night. The jury noted "Transforming a busy urban thoroughfare in a declining urban centre to a vibrant pedestrian boulevard has injected activity and life back into the heart of Dandenong."
TCL (in collaboration with Wraight + Associates) are pleased to announce the recent award of excellence for the Urban Design Category received at the AILA Victoria Awards on Friday night. The jury stated that "Auckland's waterfront is reinvigorated with elegance and care. This sensitive collaboration with WA (Wellington NZ), respects the historical and remaining maritime industries of this harbour. The design seeks to bring the 'gritty' experiences of the working waterfront along with it as well as carefully introducing a new future of post-industrial landscapes."
The North Wharf Promenade project continues it winning streak. The project has won the World Architecture News Urban Regeneration Award.
Title: Design South Australia
Publisher: Integrated Design Commission SA
Project: Various Projects
"Somehow South Australia has generated a powerhouse of landscape thinkers and designers that has developed a national and international reputation. The pool of talented practices are creative and innovative, and in high demand on large-scale urban projects around the country. NEXY by Taylor Cullity Lethlean shows how good a freeway can and should be."Read More at
Title: Familiar Grows Exotic in Cranbourne Garden
Newspaper: The Age
Author: Megan Backhouse
Fourteen years after the Australian Garden masterplan was first imagined, the second and final stage of the Australian Garden has reached fruition. AG2 opens to the public on 20 October 2012.
An additional six hectares of garden sees the entire Australian Garden almost double in size, bringing the total size of the Garden to 15 hectares.
The new area comprises 11 new precincts and new facilities including a visitor kiosk at the northern end of the Garden, boardwalks and viewing platforms on Howson and Gibson Hills, and an amphitheatre for education programs and performances.Read More at
The late Kevin Taylor was awarded the 2012 Sir James Irwin President’s Medal at the Australian Institute of Architecture Awards on 7th July.
Read More at
TCL and TZG have recently won the Riverbank Bridge competition to design and implement a new pedestrian footbridge linking the Festival Centre to the Adelaide Oval.
For Further Details Visit ADELAIDENOWRead More at
Publisher: World Landscape Architecture
Project: North Wharf Promenade + Silo Park
Taylor Cullity Lethlean's Lonsdale Street, North Wharf Promenade and the National Arboretum Projects have all been long listed and nominated for WAN 2012 urban regeneration awards.
For Further Details Visit
WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS.COM
Title: Landscape Architecture Now
Author: Phillip Jodidio
Title: MOMENTUM - New Victorian Architecture
Author: The Office of the Victorian Government Architect
Publisher: The Miegunyah Press
Taylor Cullity Lethlean are currently working in association with Fisher Buttrose Architects on a new Visitor Centre located on land owned by the local indigenous community at the footstep of Mossman Gorge, edging the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland.Read More
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The ongoing development of RMIT's Ho Chi Minh City Campus is to be guided by a landscape framework plan prepared in association with Peter Elliott Architects. The design provides a long-term vision and legible structure around movement, precinct development, landscape image and identity and staff and student facilities.
Perth, Western Australia
Perth’s CBD is being transformed via the creation of a civic harbour precinct on the Swan River. Led by ARM this project involves the creation of a new meeting place on the River and incorporates ferry facilities, promenades, parks, islands, and kiosk facilities.
Winton North, Victoria
The masterplan for the restoration of the 8,750 hectare Winton Wetlands is now finalised. This project of national scientific, cultural and environmental significance will be the largest wetland restoration project in the southern hemisphere. The project aims to create a major national facility for wetland education and research, as well as demonstrate best practice natural resource management and develop nature-based tourism activities and recreation.
Design is underway for the creation of a new community plaza and park in the centre of Moe. This linear landscape, comprising urban plaza, youth facility, picnic areas and event lawns is being developed as part of the design for a new Library facility by FJMT.
The ongoing development of this significant creative facility and visitor destination is being guided by a recently completed masterplan. The plan integrates a range of new entry gardens and indigenous flora rehabilitation strategies as well as the development of sculptural precincts, interpretative walks and visitor facilities.
Greg Burgess is currently undertaking the design development for a new Yacht Club facility on Long Island. As part of this initiative, a comprehensive masterplan is being developed for the whole island as well as more detailed design adjacent to the Yacht Club facility. Works will include new carpark, shared paths, picnic spaces and timber promenades.
After nearly twenty years since the project's commencement, Stage 2 of The Australian Garden will finally open in October 2012. This new 10 hectare garden will build upon the interpretive concepts developed in Stage 1 and take visitors on a metaphorical journey through our inland rivers to the coast and its urban fringes. Features include gardens relating to cultivars, Melaleuca spits, formal gardens and event lawns.
Bowral, New South Wales
TCL has been engaged to develop a master plan for the new 14.2ha Southern Highland Botanic Gardens in Bowral, NSW, a region renowned for its spectacular gardens. A site masterplan reflects a journey through the landscape of the Southern Highland region from the expressive town gardens of topiary and floral displays to the country estate gardens with expansive lawns, lakes, meadows and woodland walks expanding into the magnificent lush indigenous landscapes of the region. All garden types respect the rich legacy of the garden tradition while expressing these in an artistic and contemporary manner.
Adelaide, South Australia
TCL are developing innovative solutions which respond to the needs of high density housing environments. Streets are being designed to achieve a low speed environment which is safe for cyclists. Urban design is being utilised to create street environments which are conducive to pedestrian use and social activities. Abundant vegetation and WSUD techniques are also being utilised to produce green streets with a human-scale character.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Over the last five years TCL has been working towards a major upgrade project at Seal Bay Conservation Park which will improve the visitor experience and offer better protection to the environment and threatened species such as the Australia Sea Lion. Following a thorough strategic planning and master planning process, combined with community, staff and stakeholder consultation, the project has now reached final stages of the construction phase. A new boardwalk, viewing platforms and addition of shelters and seating will provide improved visitor facilities and ease of management while containing the infrastructure to a minimum giving a new perspective to seal viewing and shaping the park into a world-class tourist attraction.
Adelaide, South Australia
The design of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens wetland is located on First Creek, a highly urbanised waterway near the city centre of Adelaide. The wetland ameliorates flooding, purifies polluted storm-water runoff, is the source for an aquifer storage recharge system, provides habitat and is an educational and recreational resource.
Three primary themes are explored through the design, these being plants, water and people.
The conceptual design process has led to a fusion of engineering, landscape architecture and interpretation resulting in an integrated system combining physical, biological, mechanical and hydrological processes.
Mookai Rosie Bi-Bayan (meaning Aunty Rose’s place) is a home to mothers and children from remote communities who require outpatient treatment at Cairns Base Hospital. Mookai Rosie is unique in that it focuses on the specific needs of women, babies and children and is a safe, culturally appropriate short-term ‘home’ for Indigenous women and their young children.
The goal of the landscape design was to provide a comfortable and contemplative environment in this ‘home-away-from-home’. This has been achieved through the design of seating nodes and areas for interaction or quiet reflection. Dense indigenous tree and shrub planting provides screening and enclosure within the residential setting. Feature plants, smaller-scale plants, and a vegetable patch provide interest and promote engagement with the landscape.
Port Noarlunga, South Australia
The Port Noarlunga foreshore is a popular coastal destination for tourists, local residents and the broader community and is a key asset for the city.
All elements designed respond to this exceptional site. For example large cantilevered structures with associated seating gesture out to the long historic jetty and the spectacular reef beyond. These structures rest respectfully upon an existing stone embankment.
TCL consulted and collaborated with local Aboriginal artists as well as interpretation and furniture designers to produce a highly crafted yet robust suite of elements.
University of Melbourne, Victoria
Nearing completion at Queens College Melbourne. This new graduate student meeting place composed of a circular lawn, seating edges and enframing gardens complements new graduate accommodation designed by John Wardle Architects.
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Large Banksia play houses, Acorn treehouses and Banksia seed pod cubbies are just some of the play items being constructed as part of a new play facility in the National Arboretum Canberra. Working with specialist artisans, Big Fish and Agency of Sculpture; the interactive play elements are intended to provide a mixture of surprise, fun, awe and delight and complement the overall interpretive themes of the National Arboretum.
Title: Sunburnt - Landscape Architecture in Australia
Author: Julian Raxworthy and SueAnne Ware
Publisher: Sun Architecture
Title: Victoria Square Masterplan
Magazine: Landscape Architecture Australia
Author: Warwick Keates
Publisher: Architecture Media
Project: Victoria Square
Title: The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure
Author: Kelly Shannon and Marcel Smets
Publisher: Nai Publishers
Project: Craigieburn Bypass
Title: Experimental Pattern Sourcebook 300 inspired designs from around the world
Publisher: Rockport Publishers, Massachusetts
Project: Australian Garden, Reminders of the other, Brocken, Metis and Taylor Cullity residence
Title: Sketch Landscape
Publisher: Loft Publications, Barcelona
Project: The Australian Garden and Craigieburn Bypass
Title: Victoria Square - People First for Facelift
Newspaper: Adelaide Advertiser
Project: Victoria Square