2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award for Tourism

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The Gap and Natural Bridge by Department of Parks and Wildlife.

The Gap and Natural Bridge by Department of Parks and Wildlife. Image: Department of Parks and Wildlife (WA).

The Gap and Natural Bridge by Department of Parks and Wildlife (WA)
Tourism: Landscape Architecture Award
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

This extraordinary project elevates The Gap and Natural Bridge tourist sites to international significance. The design delicately responds to the sensitive site while seamlessly connecting with its surrounding landscape setting. The Department of Parks and Wildlife has a clear understanding of site, including how people might better interact with it, and the planning and design solution adopted to manage and control the visitor experience, is exemplary in its execution.

The hard landscape forms, clever use of material and attention to detail soften the engineering robustness of this project, making the walkway structure feel as if it is draped across the rock surface. The lookout is spectacular, the projecting ramp testing the resolve of visitors who want to experience the drama of the seascape below and beyond.


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