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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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'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
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
Postage (Australia wide only) $10.00
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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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.