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2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award for Civic Landscape

Rundle Mall by Hassell Civic Landscape: Landscape Architecture Award Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

The revitalized Rundle Mall in the Adelaide CBD is the people’s place. The design creates a destination beyond the merely transactional and encourages communal gathering and social engagement. Its adaptable, flexible spaces and openness create opportunities for people to engage in a variety of experiences. The bespoke furnishings and structures are delightful in their arrangement and amorphous in their form, subtly shifting the regimented geometry of the original street walls.

The design for Rundle Mall moves away from typical pedestrian street amenities and commercial singular programs. It embraces emerging and dynamic short, medium and long-term strategies that anticipate change and drive urban vitality. Perhaps most importantly, doubling the tree cover provides for more appropriate human microclimates.

The successful collaboration with Adelaide City Council and the retail traders is evident in the quality of this project, which is a vitally important reimagining of the city’s retail precinct and a major contribution to its public space network. The project has already delivered a significant economic dividend in stimulating property reinvestment.


Landscape architect
Access consultant Disability Consultancy Services
Architect Hassell.
Civil and structural engineer Arup
Electrical and services engineer Arup
Heritage BB Architects
Industrial design Dryden & Crute Design
Urban design Hassell.
Site details
Location Adelaide,  SA,  Australia
Site type Urban
Category Landscape / urban design
Type Public / civic
Project Details



Published online: 27 Oct 2016
Words: National Landscape Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Peter Bennetts


Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2016

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