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2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award for Civic Landscape

The Goods Line by Aspect Studios Civic Landscape: Landscape Architecture Award Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

The Goods Line is an exemplary addition to the social infrastructure of inner Sydney through the clever adaptive use of a defunct rail line. It is an outstanding demonstration of landscape’s role in improving urban connectivity.

The repurposed rail line completes a missing link in the green infrastructure connecting Central Park, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, while also providing an enjoyable destination in its own right with shaded performance spaces, play areas and places for both reflection and connection. The hard and soft landscape detailing is extremely well done. Post-industrial chic intertwines with sinuous, sleek concrete; the railway is remembered but not memorialized.

The project creates a vibrant urban park that has broad demographic appeal and, as a result, strengthens the public life of the area. The design cleverly interprets the rich industrial history of the structure while also creating an exciting new identity that is already stimulating the possibilities of adjacent spaces.

For more coverage, read Simon Kilbane’s review of The Goods Line from Landscape Architecture Australia 149.

Credits

Practice
ASPECT Studios
Australia
Practice
CHROFI
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Consultants
Civil and structural engineer ACOR
Contractor Gartner Rose
Electrical & hydraulic engineer ACOR
Heritage consultant GML Heritage
Interpretive designer Deuce Design
Lighting design Lighting Art and Science
Planning consultant JBA Urban Planning
Precast concrete AR-MA
Site details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Site type Urban
Category Landscape / urban design
Type Outdoor / gardens
Project Details
Status Built
Client
Client Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Source

Award

Published online: 27 Oct 2016
Words: National Landscape Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Florian Groehn

Issue

Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2016

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