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.
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