The winners of the 2013 South Australian Landscape Architecture Awards have been announced, with the long-running North Terrace project coming out on top.
The South Australian chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects announced the results at Adelaide’s Art Gallery of South Australia on September 6.
Landscape architecture firm Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) took home top honours for the ongoing North Terrace Stages 2 and 3 Adelaide project.
The project began in 2001 with a master plan to redevelop the North Terrace precinct at a cost of $60 million.
“The North Terrace Master Plan (authored by TCL) has achieved a truly positive transformation,” said the jury of the change, which took place over the course of more than a decade.
The entire length of North Terrace has been transformed to highlight the University of Adelaide’s plethora of historic buildings and long-standing cultural institutions. The terrace is home to The Art Gallery of South Australia, The National Wine Centre of Australia, the Migration Museum and the South Australian Museum.
The primary goal of the project was to establish a pedestrian zone along the street’s north side befitting the cultural significance of the space.
TCL was commended on its elegant revision to the city’s cultural boulevard, showing the potential for urban landscape design projects to positively change the face of a city.
Kevin Taylor, late principal of TCL, was also awarded the President’s Award for his contributions to landscape architecture.
“Despite the inevitable diversions resulting from individual interests, the next new idea, political cycles and administrative restructuring, North Terrace has been decisively re-established as a coherent place of civic pride – a fitting and dignified setting for the state’s major institutions, a robust and delightful plaza for the use and enjoyment of both citizens and visitors and, a symbol of the city’s capacity to transform itself,” the jury said.
TCL also won an award for its Bank Street project in Adelaide. As part of a strategy to revitalise the CBD, TCL was commissioned by the SA government to create a ‘pop up’ space on Bank Street with the intention of strengthening a pedestrian and cyclist-friendly link from the Adelaide Central Market to the Riverbank Precinct.
Urban greening and waterfront regeneration projects were most prominent among the other 13 projects recognised at the awards ceremony.