This project won “The Victoria Medal for Landscape Architecture” within The 2012 AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards. Citation by the jury:
“Keast Park is a finely crafted project that sits firmly, yet gently in the landscape, marrying architecture and landscape to define the transition from coastal dune to the built environment. The jury was impressed by the understated design, and the way it subtly embraces and reveals the landscape. The project demonstrates an exemplary sensibility to landscape and community.
At the core of the project is a simply stated and well detailed boardwalk that protects the reinstated dune landscape, and shelters the grassy local park and community activity. The deck winds underneath a raised building, providing a strong physical and visual connection between the bowling greens to the north and the park to the south. The project explores the integration and overlap of multiple community facilities and activities, promoting a stronger sense of community ownership and engagement.
This project is also an exemplar of landscape architecture led master planning, leading to excellence in built outcomes in both architecture and landscape. Site Office received an AILA award for the original master plan in 2004, as well as a commendation for urban design from AIA.”
Landscape Architecture: Site Office
Project: Keast Park
Client: City of Frankston
Image credits: John Gollings, Andrew North, Chris Sawyer