2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award for Parks and Open Space

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Adelaide Botanic Garden First Creek Wetland by TCL.

Adelaide Botanic Garden First Creek Wetland by TCL. Image: John Gollings

Adelaide Botanic Garden First Creek Wetland by TCL
Parks and Open Space: Landscape Architecture Award
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

In years gone by, wetlands were the swampy wastelands of our society. Now, more and more, we’re learning about their importance in the world’s water cycle. And it is projects like the First Creek Wetland in the Adelaide Botanic Garden that are helping to change our perception. This garden within a garden uses innovative ways to encourage people to interact with nature, to learn about plant ecology and to understand the role of water flow in creating life. The use of sculpture brings an elegance to the wetland function, encouraging user interaction and enhancing the experience of learning. Adaptable spaces provide opportunities for groups, while the material palette brings the design together as a cohesive unit.

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