2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award for Infrastructure

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Victorian Desalination Plant & Ecological Reserve by Aspect Studios.

Victorian Desalination Plant & Ecological Reserve by Aspect Studios. Image: Aquasure

Victorian Desalination Plant & Ecological Reserve by Aspect Studios
Infrastructure: Landscape Architecture Award
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment
Victoria’s Desalination Plant is a project of formidable scale. Part water treatment infrastructure, part environmental restoration, it is in many ways a very large piece of worthy and valuable infrastructure.

The ultimate in land shaping, the design reflects the local coastal dune topography as it re-sculpts the landscape to hide the massive desalination plant. The designers have deftly managed to shield and focus views, folding the infrastructure into the landscape and wrapping it in a fresh skin of nature. They exhibit impressive skill in shaping the experience from both land and air.

Within a very large project structure, the landscape architects have created a new standard and proved that effective collaboration, design and execution deliver better environmental outcomes.


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