The Western Sydney Parklands, located in the heart of Western Sydney, comprises a 27km corridor including bushland, open space and recreation areas set within emerging residential growth areas. This developing urban context provides a unique framework for the Parklands and changing demands in the provision of recreation.
The theme of the Arena Play Structure is ‘deconstruction’, in that memories of the iconic Milton tennis stadium remain in symbiosis with contemporary Arena recreation. ‘Deconstruction’ is thus represented by large precast concrete panels of varying heights and angles; suspended concrete slabs; angled steel struts; steel mesh tunnels and barriers ...
Brookfield Place in Perth is a new mixed-use precinct that has transformed the city’s central business district, bringing life into an area that was long neglected and void of activity. The vibrant destination now attracts people by the thousands, as home to the world’s largest resources company and some of the Perth’s best restaurants and leisure activities.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a project fused between landscape and architecture, compression and revelation.  Situated on the banks of the Derwent River in Tasmania, MONA is the largest privately owned Museum in Australia. The museum holds a collection of rare ancient artefacts and contemporary works varying from Egyptian antiques, Greek and Roman coins, to sensational and provocative contemporary Australian, British and American art.
RMIT University has been progressively rebuilding its main city campus as part of a sustained transformation of both its building stock and its open spaces. Founded in 1885, RMIT occupies a pivotal location on the civic axis at the top end of Swanston Street in central Melbourne. Overtime RMIT has grown beyond a single city block and spread out to become an ad-hoc piece of the city.
A’Beckett Urban Square is a temporary ‘pop-up’ recreational space that has become an instant magnet for students and young urban dwellers. Located behind the Swanston Academic Building the site had been used by RMIT University for many years as an open air car park. While the site awaits redevelopment, RMIT has generously opted to turn this underutilised and derelict space into a publically-accessible 2,800 square metre ‘pop-up’ park incorporating multi-use sports courts ...
The Bondi to Bronte coast walk is a part of the nationally significant 9km coastal walk from Sydney’s South Head to Maroubra. The project resolves complex geotechnical, structural and heritage conditions to retain the significant cliff top heath community and the remarkable hanging swamps along the exposed sandstone platforms.
Balfour Street Park is a small scale neighbourhood park in Sydney created within the existing geometry of local streets and partial closure of Balfour Street. The pocket park forms a gateway to the new urban village of Central Park, formerly Carlton United Brewery, to become a pedestrian connection between the inner city suburbs of Chippendale and Broadway.
ASPECT Studios has delivered a new, vibrant and attractive public realm for the Hart’s Mill Surrounds in Port Adelaide. Located adjacent to the wharf and with the backdrop of one of Adelaide’s most iconic heritage listed industrial buildings, the new space includes extensive new grassed recreation areas with trees, picnic and BBQ areas as well as multifunctional spaces for events and markets.
An iconic site within the middle of Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island embodies many of the cultural values that distinguish Sydney and its environs to the world stage. In providing a new use to this former ship yard, jail and defence establishment, public access and interpretation was a high priority.
Once recognised by the uninspiring name of the Engineering Courtyard, it was a space that people only moved through. The reinvigorated East End is now seen as one of the most desirable locations on a campus that is world renowned for its inspiring and delightful landscaped open spaces.
The Lemur Forest Adventure at Taronga Zoo is one of Taronga’s most intimate and memorable visitor experiences. Located at the heart of the zoo, in the former seal pools, the project brings together play, education and interpretation through a consolidated experiential journey.
The National Arboretum Canberra redefines the meaning of a public garden in the 21st Century. It comprises 100 forests of endangered tree species from around the world on a 250 hectare former fire ravaged site.
A cloud-like structure suspended above a floating bar and open-kitchen restaurant on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River will form the spectacular centrepiece of the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne when it opens to the public today.
The Glenorchy Arts and Sculpture Park, GASP!, is Room 11’s first foray into public architecture.  Along the River Derwent in Glenorchy, Tasmania, Room 11 has built a colourfully calibrated public walkway which deftly links previously marginalised, but surprisingly beautiful sections of foreshore.
The project converted a disused 19th Century reservoir into a public garden in an inner city suburb of Sydney. The project sought to subtly foster and maintain the strange atmosphere found in the subterranean structure.
The HASSELL design proposal for Lakeway had a strong sustainability agenda. It included setting aside a third of the site for bush regeneration, the creation of sensitive parkland interfaces with the adjoining school and residential area, as well as nature reserve.
The design of the 2.5 kilometre walk runs along the foreshore of Sydney Harbour from Pyrmont Bridge Road to Rozelle Bay. The project incorporates mangrove habitat reconstruction, decks, ramps, boardwalks, a beach, canoe launching ramp and pontoons within a context rich in industrial archaeology and maritime industry remnants.
The design recognises that play is a vital social development and educational tool for children of all ages. It is particularly important in forming relationships with the landscape, climate and surrounding context. The world amongst the giant seeds aims to stimulate spontaneity and creativity, to foster the imagination and to challenge confidence with growth.
60,000 people pass through Pitt Street Mall on an average summer weekday. Its retail rental rates are amongst the highest in the world. However over the past two decades, the Mall’s public domain had deteriorated due to the intensive levels of pedestrian traffic and incessant re-development of adjacent major retail stores and arcades.
The site was home to the Australian Fine China porcelain manufacturing company for 85 years, until its closure in 2006, which presented a unique opportunity for reinvention. The public realm was designed in collaboration with the MRA, the architect and specialist consultants, to achieve the vision of a culturally rich and distinctive urban community that enhances and connects to the surrounding commercial and residential areas through a generous parkland and open space network.
A key feature of the space is the recycling of the former tennis court club building ... ... The site functions as both community space and courts for multiple sport and recreation activities. A dynamic and engaging super graphic defines the play areas and creates an iconic and playful destination for the growing community.
Understanding the behavioural characteristics of the giant pandas was critical to designing an immersive environment that allows the animals to behave as they would in the wild within their 3,000 square metre enclosure.

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