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Australian Landscape Architecture Awards



December 15, 2013
Prince Alfred Park and Pool. Photo Brett Boardman

Prince Alfred Park and Pool. Photo Brett Boardman

Australian Institute Landscape Architects NSW Medal was awarded to Sue Barnsley Design for Prince Alfred Park and Pool.

Located in Chalmers St, Redfern, in Sydney, Prince Alfred Park and Pool is essential and much prized green space for urban families and city workers. Built during the Victorian era, the 7.5 hectare park has been updated for 21st century use and aesthetics, while preserving those historic roots.

The park now incorporates new facilities like tennis courts and playgrounds, views have been opened up by removing old buildings, paths are better aligned with entry points, winding sinuously through the landscape while following high traffic desire lines. Grassed swales catch and direct stormwater runoff and bright yellow opening umbrellas dotted throughout the park provide flexible shade.

Native grass meadow Prince Alfred Park and Pool. Photo Brett Boardman Pool

Native grass meadow greenroof at Prince Alfred Park and Pool. Photo Brett Boardman Pool

A ‘folded landscape’ hides the rebuilt pool under a green roof of native meadow grasses.

Other AILA NSW Design Awards went to

– ASPECT Studios for Cranbrook Junior School

– Sue Barnesley Design for 1 Bligh St

– McGregor Coxall for Lizard Log Park at Western Sydney Parklands

Read more at AILA NSW

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Peter Nixon
9 years ago

Congratulations Sue on No. 1 Bligh and Prince Alfred Park, especially the latter and I often walk or drive past admiring your peaceful garden of soft textural grasses that have an insta-calming effect.