The Western Australia Landscape Architecture Awards have been revealed. Here are some of the winning projects.
Western Australia’s finest spaces were on display as the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) revealed the winners of the 2021 Western Australia Landscape Architecture Awards.
AILA recognised eight Awards of Excellence and 12 Landscape Architecture Awards across 15 categories, highlighting projects which demonstrated the broad and innovative thinking of landscape architecture and bring value to the lives of all who pass through these spaces.
The jury commended recipients for their consideration and inclusion of traditional custodians and the broader community to deliver strong social and cultural outcomes. AILA Western Australia (WA) Landscape Architecture Awards Jury Chair Tom Griffiths said the awards push the profession to new heights, encouraging more thoughtful work.
“This year’s award program received 25 submissions across 12 categories which provided a great snapshot of the influence that the profession of landscape architecture is having on our built environment,” said Mr Griffiths.
“The projects ranged from crafted small gardens, to thoughtful research pieces and large-scale infrastructure and institutions. The delivery of such projects is challenging at the best of times and this year’s entries were all the more impressive having been delivered in the face of the unprecedented challenges of 2020.”
“Entrants displayed creativity, collaboration, consultation and thoughtful design that led to a strong collection of projects that delighted the jury with their quality and depth. Western Australia has been delivering high quality projects for a number of years that have been gaining national and international attention,” he says.
“It feels like we are on the precipice of another evolution of the profession to meet the challenges of these important issues and use our collective talents to drive significant improvements in the design of the built environment.”
TOP AWARD WINNERS:
WA MEDAL + AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (TOURISM & REGIONAL ACHIEVEMENT) | KAJU YATKA (KALBARRI SKYWALK)
Deemed the best of the best by the jury, this project was awarded the WA Medal, as well as an Award of Excellence for Tourism and Regional Achievement Award. Created by the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, this project is an important new tourism initiative that provides access to the incredible landscape of the Murchison River.
The jury applauded the project design team for crafting an unforgettable visitor experience which re-established Kalbarri as a regional tourism destination, creating a world class tourism destination.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD | MISSION AUSTRALIA DAYS COURTYARD | EMERGE ASSOCIATES
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE | BINA PARKLAND | ECOSCAPE AUSTRALIA
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD | WA MUSEUM BOOLA BARDIP | HASSELL + OMA
AILA Western Australia Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Award winners will gain automatic entry into National AILA Awards, to be held later this year followed by the International Landscape Architecture Festival. To view the full list of WA winners, click here.