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Just revealed: Victoria’s most beautiful gardens and landscapes

Just revealed: Victoria’s most beautiful gardens and landscapes

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The designers of Victoria’s most beautiful outdoor spaces took a virtual bow this week as the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) revealed the winners of the 2021 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards. The ceremony was digitally broadcast during yet another lockdown in Victoria – a reminder of the lingering pandemic that has haunted the state. But the ups and downs of the last 12 months weren’t a hindrance on the awards program. A record number of entries were received this year, something which Naomi Barun, chairperson of the awards jury, sees as a demonstration of the commitment to making thoughtful outdoor places for public enjoyment.

“Submissions were centred around Victoria’s need to connect, play, roam, to give back to the community and to proactively adapt for the unforeseen,” Naomi says. “The past year has seen changes in the way public places are valued, with the rediscovery and enabling of new forms of connection and expression. These places became the backdrop for social exchange, exercise and mental reprieve.”

Victoria's best gardens and landscapes have been announced by the AILA.
Best new gardens and landscapes: The Coastal Woodland Garden by Robyn Barlow Design was presented with an Award of Excellence in the Gardens category of the 2021 AILA Victoria Awards.

The past year has seen changes in the way public places are valued, with the rediscovery and enabling of new forms of connection and expression.

Naomi Barun Jury chair, AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards

AILA 2021: The best new gardens and landscapes in Victoria

Seven Awards of Excellence and 11 Landscape Architecture Awards were handed out across 13 categories, calling attention to landscape architects that went above and beyond the sole purpose of the project; champions of collaboration, placemaking and community. Recipients of the awards were seen to challenge and push the boundaries of landscape architecture.

For Heath Gledhill, president of AILA Victoria, the awards program provides a vehicle to publicly promote and demonstrate the positive impact landscaping has on Australian lives. “We are proud to celebrate the talent and commitment of the industry and are thrilled to see the depth and breadth of all entries and their commitment to ensuring the values of the profession are articulated throughout,” he says. 

Victoria's best gardens and landscapes have been announced by the AILA.
Best new gardens and landscapes: Albert Park Office and Depot by Openwork and Christina Silk, Office of Planting received an Award of Excellence in the Small Projects category of the 2021 AILA Victoria Awards.
Victoria's best gardens and landscapes have been announced by the AILA.
Best new gardens and landscapes: Caribbean Park Public Realm (stages 1 and 2) by Oculus was awarded a Landscape Architecture Award in the Gardens category of the 2021 AILA Victoria Awards.

Across the categories of Civic Landscape and Urban Design, this year’s jury observed value placed on connecting people in a world now impacted by Covid. Winning projects in these categories embody the spirit of “bringing life to a city” that was concealed during a vulnerable 12 months. The projects prioritise healthy communities while also responding to the needs of an ever-growing population.

The theme of connectivity continued through to the categories of Parks and Open Space, Play Spaces, and Gardens, further highlighting the importance of green space and the vital role it plays. “Collectively, this year’s recipients stood out as exceptional places that connect communities, bring comfort by adapting micro-climates, and reveal the beauty of our state and our relationship with it,” Heath says. “The range of diverse projects awarded set an inspiring benchmark for landscape architecture and give the industry inspiration to continue to think bigger and broader into the future.”

Continue scrolling for a selection of the year’s best gardens and landscapes in Victoria, listed by award category.

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Health and Education Landscape – Award of Excellence

Victoria's best gardens and landscapes have been announced by the AILA.
Health and Education Landscape – Award of Excellence: Albert Park Senior College Campus by Site Office.
The best garden and landscaping ideas of 2021 have been revealed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Health and Education Landscape – Award of Excellence: Albert Park Senior College Campus by Site Office.

Health and Education Landscape – Landscape Architecture Award

Victoria's best gardens and landscapes have been announced by the AILA.
Health and Education Landscape – Landscape Architecture Award: Salesian College Sunbury Earth and Sky Forecourt (stage 1) by Orchard Design.
The best garden and landscaping ideas of 2021 have been revealed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Health and Education Landscape – Landscape Architecture Award: Salesian College Sunbury Earth and Sky Forecourt (Stage 1) by Orchard Design.

Health and Education Landscape – Landscape Architecture Award

Health and Education Landscape – Landscape Architecture Award: MLC Nicholas Learning Centre and Principal’s Terrace by Taylor Cullity Lethlean.
Health and Education Landscape – Landscape Architecture Award: MLC Nicholas Learning Centre and Principal’s Terrace by Taylor Cullity Lethlean.

Civic Landscape – Award of Excellence

Victoria's best gardens and landscapes have been announced by the AILA.
Civic Landscape – Award of Excellence: Station Street Mall Frankston by Site Office and the City of Frankston.
The best garden and landscaping ideas of 2021 have been revealed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Civic Landscape – Award of Excellence: Station Street Mall Frankston by Site Office and the City of Frankston.

Infrastructure – Award of Excellence

Victoria's best gardens and landscapes have been announced by the AILA.
Infrastructure – Award of Excellence: Reimagining Your Creek by REALMstudios with Alluvium Consulting and E2DesignLab.
The best garden and landscaping ideas of 2021 have been revealed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Infrastructure – Award of Excellence: Reimagining Your Creek by REALMstudios with Alluvium Consulting and E2DesignLab.

Gardens – Award of Excellence

Victoria's best gardens and landscapes have been announced by the AILA.
Gardens – Award of Excellence: Coastal Woodland Garden by Robyn Barlow Design.
Best gardens landscapes in Victoria
Gardens – Award of Excellence: Coastal Woodland Garden by Robyn Barlow Design.

Gardens – Landscape Architecture Award

Best gardens landscapes in Victoria
Gardens – Landscape Architecture Award: Caribbean Park Public Realm (stages 1 and 2) by Oculus.
The best garden and landscaping ideas of 2021 have been revealed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Gardens – Landscape Architecture Award: Caribbean Park Public Realm (stages 1 and 2) by Oculus.

Small Projects – Award of Excellence

Best gardens landscapes in Victoria
Small Projects – Award of Excellence: Albert Park Office and Depot by Openwork and Christina Silk, Office of Planting.
The best garden and landscaping ideas of 2021 have been revealed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Small Projects – Award of Excellence: Albert Park Office and Depot by Openwork and Christina Silk, Office of Planting.

Parks and Open Space – Landscape Architecture Award

Best gardens landscapes in Victoria
Parks and Open Space – Landscape Architecture Award: Tullamore Southern Gully Reserve by MDG Landscape Architects.
The best garden and landscaping ideas of 2021 have been revealed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Parks and Open Space – Landscape Architecture Award: Tullamore Southern Gully Reserve by MDG Landscape Architects.

Play Spaces – Landscape Architecture Award

Victoria's best gardens and landscapes have been announced by the AILA.
Play Spaces – Landscape Architecture Award: Eltham North Adventure Playground by Jeavons Landscape Architects with Gardiner Architects and Naturform.
Best gardens landscapes in Victoria
Play Spaces – Landscape Architecture Award: Eltham North Adventure Playground by Jeavons Landscape Architects with Gardiner Architects and Naturform.

Play Spaces – Landscape Architecture Award

Best gardens landscapes in Victoria
Play Spaces – Landscape Architecture Award: Deep Creek Eco Play by Playce Pty Ltd with Agency of Sculpture.
Best gardens landscapes in Victoria
Play Spaces – Landscape Architecture Award: Deep Creek Eco Play by Playce Pty Ltd with Agency of Sculpture.

Cultural Heritage – Landscape Architecture Award

Cultural Heritage – Landscape Architecture Award: Wunggurrwil Dhurrung by REALMstudios with Paul Thompson, E2Design Lab, Vicki Couzens, Gresley Abas, Greg Burgess and Philip Chun
Cultural Heritage – Landscape Architecture Award: Wunggurrwil Dhurrung by REALMstudios with Paul Thompson, E2Design Lab, Vicki Couzens, Gresley Abas, Greg Burgess and Philip Chun

Tourism – Landscape Architecture Award

Best gardens landscapes in Victoria
Tourism – Landscape Architecture Award: Penguin Parade Visitor Centre by Tract Consultants.
The best garden and landscaping ideas of 2021 have been revealed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Tourism – Landscape Architecture Award: Penguin Parade Visitor Centre by Tract Consultants.

Urban Design – Award of Excellence

The best garden and landscaping ideas of 2021 have been revealed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Urban Design – Award of Excellence: Brunswick Street Streetscape Plan by RushWright and Associates.
Best gardens landscapes
Urban Design – Award of Excellence: Brunswick Street Streetscape Plan by RushWright and Associates.

Urban Design – Landscape Architecture Award

Best gardens landscapes
Urban Design – Landscape Architecture Award: Mount Street Pocket Parks by GLAS Landscape Architects.
Best gardens landscapes
Urban Design – Landscape Architecture Award: Mount Street Pocket Parks by GLAS Landscape Architects.

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