The Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) has awarded the prestigious Allan Correy Award for Design Excellence 2015 to Steve Taylor of C.O.S Design, plus 7 other category winners.
The Allan Correy Award winner C.O.S Design, also Best in Category in the $150000+ category is for a front garden project that includes a new front entrance, glass-sided swimming pool, spa and entertaining area. Important features of the impressive design were how it handled a 5 metre level change from street to house, created a practical and appealing street entrance and used night lighting to enhance the built landscape features, all while maintaining privacy in a front garden.
Judge’s comments: Described by the creators as clean, sharp, modern resort garden, this landscape is a clever response to a difficult site – a steep property with a front door 5 metres above the street, a complex client brief and a large and dominant residence. The front garden accommodates a driveway, pedestrian entry, pool, spa, and entertainment which makes the most of views.
The clean strong modern design addresses the brief, complements the house, the site and shows great attention to detail. Gracious scale yet richly detailed and to a human scale. The tight palette of colours complements the house.
From entry and letterbox and steps to front door, the project reeks style and competent design. We particularly like the use of in situ, poured, off-white concrete, providing bold monumentality, while adding playfulness and lightness, appearing to float. The night lighting is well resolved and a feature – particularly the Corten steel lighting boxes. The clever use of paving adds richness, while delineating separate spaces. Laser cut pergola panels and Corten steel lighting boxes stunning and add interest while complementing modernity/simplicity of components.
The planting bold, addressing scale and character as well as instant impact and long term appropriateness..
This project displays competent design, great resolution of a complex and difficult brief and expert craftsmanship. Bold yet elegant, restraint yet great attention to detail It is a well deserved winner of the Allan Correy award.
AILDM AWARDS 2015 – Best in Category winners:
Residential Under $50,000 – Matt Cantwell and Robert Finnie of Secret Gardens of Sydney
Judge’s comments: An impressive and high quality presentation of a spectacular garden in a stunning setting. Rich, colourful and textured planting throughout. Stylish hardscape elements with excellent drawings and detail provided.
Residential $50,000 to $150,000 – Adam McDonald and Ben Skiperdene of impressions LANDSCAPE-DESIGN
Judge’s comments: This design was beautifully composed, detailed and presented. A variety of materials come together seamlessly to transform an ordinary suburban garden into very interesting, attractive and useable spaces. Planting selection and clever combinations provide a variety of form, colours and textures.
Residential $150,000 + – Steve Taylor of C.O.S Design
Judge’s comments: Described by the creators as clean, sharp, modern resort garden, this landscape is a clever response to a difficult site – a steep property with a front door 5 metres above the street, a complex client brief and a large and dominant residence. The clean strong modern design addresses the brief, complements the house and the site.
Commercial Under $100,000 – Jennifer Stone of etch Architects
Judge’s comments: An inspired design that combines indigenous themes and plant materials with water sensitive urban design. Clearly worked to ensure there was input from the school community over time, ensuring more meaningful and achievable outcomes were gained. High quality documentation provided in the application. Final landscape provides wonderful opportunities for nature-based play in a learning context, based around a strong and meaningful design.
Commercial Over $100,000 – Daniel Kavanagh, Fiona Temple and George Adams of The Gardenmakers
Judge’s comments: Outstanding design, documentation and teamwork resulting in a preschool plan that blends beautifully with the existing landscape of mature eucalypt trees. A clever combination of stone and timber subtly blend with other materials to link this design into the natural setting. The layout provides a safe yet exciting environment for creative activity.
Plantscape Design – Matt Cantwell and Asher Cole of Secret Gardens of Sydney
Judge’s comments: The clients were after a planting design with a fresh look that complemented the existing hardscape and recently renovated home. The project scope included 200m2 of Council land and liaison with Mosman Council. The planting includes a mixture of native and non-native plants which complement both the large remnant angophora trees and the modern house yet address the clients brief. The lush layered planting is a rich tapestry of greens with varied and contrasting foliage textures.
Landscape Management (Environmental) – Jennifer Stone of etch Architects
Judge’s comments: (See Commercial under $100,000 above)
Pro Bono Design – Nicola Cameron of Pepo Botanic Design
Judge’s comments: The brief called for a rooftop community garden to cater for a wide range of activities and groups. The garden was skilfully designed and carefully detailed to allow a variety of community members the opportunity to take part in its construction. Materials were carefully chosen and combined to provide a lightweight rooftop construction.