Two Australian projects in Rosa Barba Prize shortlist

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Barangaroo Reserve by Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture and Johnson Pilton Walker Architects and Landscape Architects.

Barangaroo Reserve by Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture and Johnson Pilton Walker Architects and Landscape Architects. Image: Courtesy Barangaroo Delivery Authority

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Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the UTS Business School borders The Goods Line to the south-west, attracting tourists to the area.

Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the UTS Business School borders The Goods Line to the south-west, attracting tourists to the area. Image: Florian Groehn

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Superkilen, by Topotek 1, BIG Architects and Superflex is an urban space stitched through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighbourhoods in Denmark.

Superkilen, by Topotek 1, BIG Architects and Superflex is an urban space stitched through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighbourhoods in Denmark. Image: Iwan Baan

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Two Australian projects – Barangaroo Reserve and The Goods Line – have been shortlisted for the Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize by the Banc de Sabadell Foundation.

The presentation of the Rosa Barba Prize is part of the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture, which will take place in Barcelona over three days from 29 September to 1 October. 

Aspect Studios and CHROFI’s The Goods Line is anurban renewal project that has seen a disused rail corridor reimagined as an elevated park that runs through the heart of Sydney’s most densely populated area. The site started out in 1855 as the key access for Australia’s first railway to the port at Darling Harbour until 1984. The Goods Line won the 202020 Vision Green Design Award at the 2016 Good Design Awards.

Barangaroo Reserve, designed by US-based Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture (PWP), in association with Sydney-based Johnson Pilton Walker Architects and Landscape Architects, transformed a one-kilometre-long hardstone apron at Barangaroo into a new but artificial headland. Located at the northern end of the Barangaroo precinct, the area was once part of Sydney’s industrial harbour. The foreshore of the reserve has been formed in a style representing the natural formation on the coast known as the “tessellated pavement.”

Barangaroo Reserve and The Goods Line will compete against eight other projects, including Topotek 1, Bjarke Ingels Group and Superflex’s Superkilen in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the winning prize of $22,400, to be presented at the Biennial on 29 September, where the finalists will present their projects.

Superkilen is a heterogeneous site-collage in a dense, centrally located neighbourhood in Copenhagen. The design features three sections: the Red Square, the Black Market and the Green Park, which work together to create global, universal garden. The transfer of significant elements from other places and cultures reflects the multi-ethnic structure of the neighbourhood and activates the design principle of multiplicity. 

The international jury for the Rosa Barba Prize includes James Corner (jury president, landscape architect and founder of Field Operations, USA), Kathryn Moore (president of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and professor of landscape at Birmingham City University, UK), Anuradha Mathur (professor of landscape at the University of PennDesign, India), Eduardo Cadaval (founder of Cadaval and Sola-Morales, Mexico), and Manuel Ruisanchez (architect, member of the Association of Architects of Catalonia and professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia).

The full list of finalists includes: 

Barangaroo Reserve – PWP Landscape Architecture and Johnson Pilton Walker Architects and Landscape Architects

The Goods Line – Aspect Studios and CHROFI

Renaturation of the River Aire – Atelier Descombes Tampini SA

A Flood Adaptive Landscape: Yanweizhou Park in Jinhua City – Turenscape

River Forest Island – SWA Group

The Metro-Forest Project: Bangkok Urban Reforestation – Landscape Architects of Bangkok

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Hargreaves Associates

Landartpark Buitenschot – H+N+S Landscape Architects

Musée Park Louvre Lens – Mosbach Paysagistes

Superkilen – Topotek 1, Bjarke Ingels Group and Superflex 


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