World Landscape Architecture - landscape architecture webzine 2014-08-22T13:58:46Z WordPress Damian Holmes <![CDATA[Waterloo Youth Facility | Sydney, Australia | Terragram Landscape Architects, Collins & Turner Architects]]> 2014-08-22T01:30:52Z 2014-08-21T23:39:35Z ]]> OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Waterloo Youth Facility now known as WEAVE (Working to Educate, Advocate and Empower) is located on a fault line between newly found affluence and a socially disadvantaged population that traditionally occupied the area of Waterloo, an inner suburb of Sydney. The original building was a converted amenities block. Resembling a graffiti covered bunker, it served the community of disadvantaged citizens for more than 15 years. In 2008, the City of Sydney decided to embark on the revitalization of the facility and organized a limited competition.

Community centres tend to be utilitarian, often demonstrably inexpensive buildings lacking character, not to speak about any recognisable iconography. The community building in Sydney inner suburb of Waterloo is quite different. Its formal language makes it difficult to place it in the usual functional categories. Whilst the architects Collins & Turner, cite Snowdown Aviary at London Zoo as the seminal influence, the twist here is quite unusual – rather than preventing the zoo inhabitants from escaping, the architecture attempts to “capture” as much air as possible and create an illusion of the abundant space available to staff and visitors. The enmeshed building mass is well protected against prevalent vandalism that is the unfortunate, but understandable by product of the society that fails to address lack of opportunities for the socially and economically disadvantaged youth.

The mesh trellis is the most visually pronounced building form. It is an independent element that is structurally separated from the more solid internal mass. This consists of the original brick and newly constructed concrete walls bound together by pre tensioned ceiling slabs. Whilst it is doubtful that it would ever happen, either of these two elements could be removed or relocated.

The strong and conspicuous trellis geometry will in time appear considerably more blurred, perhaps at some locations almost invisible. Rampant native and introduced climbers will take care of this. It is rather curious that the trellis utilizes South African prison mesh to support plants whilst also preventing attempts to scale the structure. The defensive character of the building virtually works to its advantage. In winter its ground floor is shrouded in orange flowers of Pyrostegia venusta. Later in spring cascades of white flowers of wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana) hang from upstairs. It is a building that transforms with seasons, a constructed superflower perhaps. The green skin does not act here as a camouflage, plants are integral to the building concept and are able to withstand a degree of neglect. This distinguishes the building from now almost ubiquitous but ecologically fragile green walls.

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The core of the original block has been hollowed to frame a small courtyard that functions as the extension of the workspace. A single tree, crepe myrtle animates this tiny courtyard. A web of cables and climbers connects this courtyard with the roof garden. Cables around the periphery of the space support native wombat berry (Eustrephus latifolius) creepers. In time the creepers will partially veil the space, filtering views into the courtyard and making it less of a ‘vitrine’. A number of nooks on the roof act as an extension of working space as well as a pleasant space for socializing. The roof terrace also plays host to greenery, in what is a partly edible garden. Various plants, some more structural and long term, others transient herbs, fruits and vegetables, surround the paved central space. Locally grown food thus finds its way, to improve the taste of barbecues that are frequently “staged” on the roof.

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Treatment of retaining walls around the building loosely echoes fractal geometries of the building canopy, with angular steel revetments emerging out of the lawn. Steel revetments are perforated with small openings based on Braille letters, some of which are colonised by pig face succulents. The function of holes is also to reduce negative impact of summer heat on planting. These robust, almost fortification like elements are a result of the peculiar regulations that don’t allow grassed slopes to exceed one in four gradients. At the same time all walls exceeding one meter of vertical difference require a balustrade.

The success of the project is evident. Loved by the staff, accepted by clients, residents and skateboarders there is little evidence of vandalism. Perhaps it could be summarised by the words of one of the “rougher” characters who is frequenting the area: “Cool stuff, mate”.

Project name | Waterloo Youth Facility
Location | Waterloo, Sydney, Australia
Design firm | Terragram Landscape Architects, Collins & Turner Architects
Builder | Project Corp Australia
Landscape Subcontractors | Techscapes Australia Pty Ltd & Nick Johnston Landscapes
Client | City of Sydney Council
Year | 2008-2012
Credits | Garth McKee, Terragram (Images), Terragram (Text)

Damian Holmes <![CDATA[WLA Magazine | Edition 15 | Large Scale Projects & Ideas]]> 2014-08-22T13:58:46Z 2014-08-19T12:33:44Z ]]> WLA15_cover
The latest edition of WLA Magazine (WLA 15) features Large scale projects and Large Ideas. These grand ideas and large scale projects showcase the ability of landscape architecture to transform cities and the surrounding landscape. BIG’s Rebuild by Design project , HUD provides a design to mitigate climate change by transforming existing structure and adding several interventions – moving and permanent. Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park by Turenscape transforms a peri-urban channelised waterways into a beautiful large wetland and water landscapes that provide ecological and socially sustainable designs. These are just two of the projects featured in WLA 15 which also includes projects from AECOM,  STOSS, MVRDV, Sasaki, Openfabric, ASPECT Studios, UNStudio, BDP, Mandaworks & HOSPER, Mathews Nielsen and a student project from PennDesign.

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Damian Holmes <![CDATA[Fifth phase Jumeirah Beach Hotel | Dubai, UAE | Broadway Malyan]]> 2014-08-09T14:33:50Z 2014-08-18T06:09:47Z ]]> Broadway-Malyan-CGI07_09
UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has endorsed the fifth phase of Jumeirah Beach Hotel expansion plan, which is set for completion in 2018.


The masterplan vision and concept for the expansion was delivered by Broadway Malyan . The project was undertaken on behalf of Jumeirah Group, with the practice’s expert designers in Abu Dhabi and Lisbon, Portugal, partnering closely with the client on the project.


The project will see the addition of a ultra-luxury resort to the existing Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which will comprise 350 hotel rooms with panoramic beachfront views of Burj Al Arab, dedicated new beach offering private beach experiences, recreational marine facilities that encompass spas, health clubs, elevated tennis courts, a world-class sports complex and a range of ocean-facing retail, food and beverage outlets.

The new resort will see extensive expansion of the existing yacht marina doubling its current capacity. It will also offer a variety of vibrant leisure facilities, equipped with state-of-the-art entertainment amenities.


The expansion project is in line with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid’s vision to strengthen Dubai as a global tourism hub and position the Emirate as the number one tourism destination worldwide. It supports the implementation of Dubai Vision 2020 to attract 20 million tourists by 2020.

Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, currently manages 22 luxury hotels in over 10 countries with plans to add ten new hotels to its Dubai portfolio in the next few years.

Distinguished by its global reach with 16 studios across world centres, unrivalled diversity with 500+ design experts and distinctive client focus with over 75% income from repeat business, Broadway Malyan creates world-class and fully-integrated cities, places and buildings to unlock lasting value and deliver a ‘return on design’.

Fifth phase Jumeirah Beach Hotel | Dubai, UAE | Broadway Malyan  

Image & Text | Broadway Malyan  


Damian Holmes <![CDATA[This Week in Landscape | 17 August 2014]]> 2014-08-17T04:10:26Z 2014-08-17T04:10:26Z ]]>

Landscape on the Front Lines: Resiliency Begins on Site – 7.29.14 from Center for Architecture on Vimeo.

Fears over Heatherwick’s garden bridge | Jim Dunton |
City planners have fears that the new bridge will significantly reduced or completely obstruct views and damage the area’s “historic fabric”.

Instead of Killing Lawns, we should be banning golf | Charles Davis | Vice
“It’s irresponsible for golf courses to be as green as they are in California,” said Keats. Instead of dark green fairways, “we could have California brownways, with rock and with dirt and with scrub—the kind of vegetation that naturally grows here. We’re not in Scotland. Why are we pretending that we are?”

Designing Tattnall Square Park’s Rain Gardens | Andrew Silver | City Parks Blog

Victoria Taylor: Landscape architect | Kevin Richie | NOW
“Apart from creative vision and attention to construction, a good landscape architect has a deep love for and curiosity about plants and the diverse beauty and dynamic processes of the natural world. That’s the bottom line, the critical foundation for the design of our spaces.”

Cal Poly names interim chair of landscape architecture department | Nick Wilson | The Tribune
David J. Watts has been named interim chair of the landscape architecture department of Cal Poly’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design.

Damian Holmes <![CDATA[PATIO RAÍZ | Buenos Aires. Argentina | Raíz]]> 2014-08-17T04:18:34Z 2014-08-16T20:55:29Z ]]> 2

The proposal is a mix-up of the character of the co-working space and artist studios with the qualities of the open space of the courtyard houses or “casa chorizo”; an historic typology of urban housing in Buenos Aires. The aim was to create a living space for social, utilitarian and productive exchange, where thinking, exchange ideas, share, plant, harvest and recycle can be the starting points to promote community living for artists and visitors.

The “Patio Chico Raíz” is posed as a more private space where activities are related to the kitchen and daily life of the artists, it proposes a vertical garden and a gathering place that can be used and maintained by resident artists not only to encourage recycling and organic farming also for informal meetings for sharing mate, coffee or eat something.


Besides the importance of gathering to share mate, gardening is also a relaxing way to boost creative thinking and a great way to produce vegetables and fresh fruit for the kitchen.


The “Patio Grande Raíz” poses as a social courtyard for exhibitions, recreation and a meeting place where visitors and artists can interrelate and encourage community coexistence.

Construction methods and Materials.
Using recovered construction materials as pallets, planks and OSB boards, the proposal raises as a system of parts and objects easy to manufacture, delivery and installation. CNC routed pieces are made to fabricate the furniture and the interlocked structure of the vertical garden, with used pet bottles to make the pots with a simple irrigation method.  Discarded pallets are disassembled to make the deck and other pieces of furniture.

The use of 80% of recovered material (pallets, construction boards and OSB boards) and 20% of new material, means a substantial reduction in implementation costs.


All the pieces of the courtyard can be removed and all items can be recycled, to promote sustainable building methods in all stages of use.



PATIO RAÍZ | Buenos Aires. Argentina | Raíz

Location:  Buenos Aires. Argentina

Description: Proposal for the renovation of the service and ventilation courtyards of the co-working space and artist studios Panal361, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Firm Name: Raíz

Authors: Carlos Zabala. Architect. , Gabriela Luna. Architect / Stage Designer.

Credits for images and text: Carlos Zabala. Architect. , Gabriela Luna. Architect / Stage Designer.


Damian Holmes <![CDATA[Emergency landscape: ItyKue 0-30 (Montevideo – Uruguay)]]> 2014-08-16T04:10:52Z 2014-08-16T04:05:11Z ]]> 3--bañado-inside-c-pasarela

The project is based on the recovery, enhancement and coordination of two environmental system located at the basin of the Carrasco brook in Montevideo. On one side, the municipal dumpsite, this is part of the residuary territory, as an effect of the many years of accumulation of waste produced by the city. On the other side, the area occupied by the Carrasco marshland, geographically located near the dumpsite.

The selection of the place arises from the concern about a territory of high environmental value in its origins, which has been degraded and contaminated due to human actions over long periods of time. The proximity of the dumpsite to the marshland contributes as a high contamination risk, and at the same time, produces an environmental emptiness, a wasted land.


The location of the project area belongs to a territory of diverse social issues, with squatter settlements, a prison facility, rural lands and local housing. It has the particularity of having a rural land immersed in the urban areas, where varied landscapes can be found.

The main purpose of the proposal is based on the transformation of the dumpsite and the marshland in high quality lands for living and land use.


It is intended to Honor the Nature by the interpretation and education about the natural value of the place, constructing pathways for traveling and spaces for contemplating the landscape. Honor the Culture by transforming the dumpsite in a new place for recreational and educational purposes and finally, Honoring the Community by approaching other local communities.



Emergency landscape:  ItyKue 0-30 (Montevideo – Uruguay)

Bach. Lorena Cordero – Landscape Design Degree 4th grade student (UDELAR)

Bach. Cecilia Loppacher – Landscape Design Degree 4th grade student (UDELAR)

Tutor: Arq. Paloma Nieto


Damian Holmes <![CDATA[LOLA landscape architects wins 2014 TOPOS landscape award]]> 2014-08-15T12:13:05Z 2014-08-15T12:08:45Z ]]> LOLA-wins-topos-award

Star Maze Park. LOLA in cooperation with Deltavormgroep and Piet Oudolf

LOLA landscape architects is proud to receive the international Topos Landscape Arward 2014. The Topos Landscape Award 2014 will be presented to landscape architects LOLA (Lost Landscapes) from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. LOLA researches and designs the never ending development of the landscape, city as well as countryside. Founded by Peter Veenstra, Eric-Jan Pleijster en Cees van der Veeken in 2006, LOLA designs and researches public space at different scales. A total of 15 people work at the office. Past awards have gone to Peter Latz (Kranzberg), Stig L. Anderssons Tegnestue (Copenhagen), Karres en Brands (Hilversum), Gross.Max. (Edinburgh), McGregor and Coxall (Sydney), Stoss LU (Boston), Antje Stokman (Hamburg), and Taktyk (Brussels/Paris). This year’s Topos Landscape Award will be presented at the Rolex Education Centre of EPFL university in Lausanne on October 8th.

The ceremony will be held as a special event of a conference on “The Narrative of Landscape”, organized by Archizoom. The symposium will focus on the significance of the ground for landscape; approaches to, and observations on, this subject will be interdisciplinary in character. Among the invited speakers will be Richard Sennett, Saskia Sassen, Adriaan Geuze, and David R. Montgomery.


Since 2002, the award is to honour a landscape architecture practice that has made significant contributions to high-quality and up-to-date designs of cities and landscapes, has enriched the landscape architecture scene through its innovative ideas, and whose work has come to be representative of the best of contemporary landscape architecture. The Topos Landscape Award aims to highlight that the landscape architectural challenges of our time are characterized by a lively dynamic and display a wide range of facets.

Damian Holmes <![CDATA[Bligh Tanner wins design competition for Cochlear inspired design]]> 2014-08-09T14:47:45Z 2014-08-14T23:39:43Z ]]> Freefall_1

Australian engineering firm, Bligh Tanner has won a design competition for its innovative Cochlear inspired design that will form a major sculptural installation at the 250 hectare National Arboretum in Canberra.
The Engineers Australia Freefall Experience Design Ideas Competition invited engineers, designers and other creative professionals from around the country to design a showcase installation for the Engineers Australia Freefall Pin Oak Forest at the National Arboretum.

The $30,000 first prize was awarded to Bligh Tanner in an announcement made by ACT Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, MLA on 1 August.

Mr Rolfe Hartley, past National President of Engineers Australia and Chairman of the Honorary Competition Jury said, ‘The winning entry ‘Freefall’ stood out. The work was superbly elegant in its engineering, immersive and contextual and above all intriguing for visitors to the forest.’

‘Freefall’ is a transparent flowing sculpture of corten and stainless steel and rock that moves through the trees, terminating as a spiral. The shape and sensory experience is inspired by the Cochlear implant – a world renowned Australian engineering feat. The installation includes an interactive system that senses its surroundings and interacts with visitors to the site.

The collaborative team was led by structural engineer, Rod Bligh, and included two artists, Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse, and architect, Nick Flutter.

‘The opportunity to construct a landscape scale sculpture celebrating 100 years of Engineers Australia at the magnificent National Arboretum is an incredible honour. Our team is looking forward to working closely with Engineers Australia and the National Arboretum to create a meaningful and beautiful work,’ said Bligh.

Realisation of the physical structure is intended to coincide with the 2019 Centenary of Engineers Australia with further enhancement to correspond with the Centenary of the Canberra Division in 2027.

Image Credits | Bligh Tanner

Damian Holmes <![CDATA[Children`s Museum of Sonoma County (CMOSC), Mary`s Garden | Santa Rosa, USA | BASE Landscape Architecture]]> 2014-08-14T12:32:25Z 2014-08-14T12:14:00Z ]]> CMOSC_07

The concept design of the outdoor educational facility for the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County was to build an interactive play area to connect children with nature that inspires future learning and a commitment to sustainable practices.


Mary’s Garden—Mary for Mariposa, is an area where children can learn about metamorphosis and pollination. Nelson’s Family Farm Stand is an area where children can help grow, harvest, and “sell” fruits and vegetables.


The design was also developed by looking at a transect of the environments in Sonoma county—from the inland agricultural valleys to the Pacific Ocean. The project is therefore centered on the main water feature; the “Russian River” begins at the headwaters in the hill and flows through the site to the beach, passing through gravel beds and marshes along the way, allowing for a very dynamic and fun learning experience.





Children’s Museum of Sonoma County (CMOSC), Mary’s Garden

Location |Santa Rosa, CA

Design year | 2012
Construction year | 2013
Area | 1 acre
Budget | $1.8M

Design Firm | BASE Landscape Architecture
Consultants | BASE Landscape Architecture, Scientific Art Studios, Aquascapes

Image & Text Credits | Patricia Algara


Damian Holmes <![CDATA[Zhongji Aeronautical Business Park | Da Chang, China | Loci Studio]]> 2014-08-09T14:13:27Z 2014-08-13T01:08:16Z ]]> Loci-Studio---Zhongji-Da-Chang-2014-(8)

Loci Studio recently completed the inventive concept design for the Zhongji Aeronautical Business Park. Led from by their Sydney team, and collaborating with their Beijing colleagues, they managed to produce a project with a powerful mix of creative ideas and logical solutions.

Located in Da Chang, Hebei Province, Zhongji Aeronautical Business Park is a modern and innovative commercial development, one that is envisaged as a new model for business parks in China. The goal of this new typology, exemplified by the ideas seen at Zhongji, is to not only highlight the quality and brand identity of the companies working there but, and perhaps more importantly, to focus heavily on giving the employees a wonderful place in which to work.


The majority of the tenants and stakeholders are in the field of aerospace and automotive research and innovation. As such their workers are mostly professionals, but a small proportion of blue-collar workers help to keep the place ticking along. Whichever type of worker they are, the landscape offers them the opportunity to escape from their high-stress occupation as they need it.


The landscape planning itself was based on the idea of process in design and manufacturing – where many different components go in, get arranged in a logical way, and come out as a useful object – people it was realised could move through the site in a similar way. First they arrive from random places with varied destinations in mind. They feed into a clear network of paths, assisted by bold signage and even on-ground graphics, and arrive easily and simply at their destinations.


Pulling cues from the business park’s main product themes – aeronautical technology and equipment – Loci Studio used the shapes, materials, finishes and detailing of aeroplanes and associated componentry to begin conceiving the landscape elements for the project.


Loci Studio researched aeroplane designs of old and new, studied the forms and functions of all associated aeronautical related materials, and combined their findings with airport graphics and paraphernalia into a playful theme that resonates throughout the landscape.


Common aeroplane-related elements were translated into the landscape details; becoming unique landscape elements such as seating, planting and signage; and together they give the site a powerful, imaginative and fun landscape that is the escape the workers need and one that helps reflect to visitors the commercial identity and branding of each tenant present.


Client | Huaxia Real Estate Beijing

Date | January 2014

Design Team | Loci Studio – Design Led by Marc Deuschle. Project Team – Jin Bai, Ruizhe Zhou and Xueting Liu.

Other Consultants | Miland Design - Local Landscape Design Institute

Image & Text CreditsLoci Studio