Methodist Ladies College Playground

Methodist Ladies College Playground

In the heart of this prestigious Methodist Ladies College school grounds lies a rectangular remnant of an old established neighbouring garden.
Amongst established trees and adjacent to the Junior School, this land was to become the main playground for girls aged between 7 and 12 years.

A school masterplan was developed to allocate areas of passive and active recreation, as well as outdoor teaching.
The proposals explored alternative forms of play whilst focusing on the imagination – and typical behaviour patterns – of young girls.
The final scheme, developed with teachers and parents, offers a timber stage for performance and teaching space under old protected elm trees; a green maze with colourful panels for privacy; a display of artwork; a main playground structure with crooked floors, see-through panels, a jail and a disabled ramp with an associated cluster of small cubby houses.
The design was inspired by the great Australian shed in keeping with the rustic character of the land.

Methodist Ladies College Playground

Client
MLC

Location
Kew, VIC

Size 
0.5 Ha

Consultancy Type
Lead

L’art du Jardin, Garden Show

L’art du Jardin, Garden Show

L’art du Jardin in Paris is the French equivalent of the Chelsea Flower show (UK) and the Royal Melbourne Garden Show (AU), with the only difference that it does not award medals. As part of a European marketing campaign Qantas commissioned our practice to design and construct an Australian Garden for the show. The brief was simple: represent Australia with the colours red, blue and green. The entrance to the garden depicted a runway with integrated floor lights for night activities and opening cocktail party. From there the visitor was guided through a series of rooms:
  • The Red Centre, with red soil, grasses together with magpies and emus.
  • The beaches with sand, coral and surf boards.
  • The rainforest with tree ferns, mosses and a creek.
All three were separated by a passageway representing a Qantas plane. The main challenges were the distance and availability of Australian material in Europe.
A large proportion of the garden was sourced from Australia and freighted free of charge by Qantas. A variety of Australian photographers and Aboriginal painters were represented (with their permission and payment of royalties) on printed textile banners which framed the garden. Only the soils (sourced from south of France) and most of the plants (except the tree ferns) were sourced in France and England. Due to tight timeline and budget, all the preparation was done in Australia and culminated in 3-day construction frenzy on site. The bulk of the site work and coordination should be credited to Brett Foulis who was working for us at the time.
The garden was a great success and attracted the attention of all visitors.

L’art du Jardin, Garden Show

Client
Qantas

Location
Paris, France

Consultancy Type
Lead, Design and Construct

Wollongong Lawn Cemetery Masterplan

Wollongong Lawn Cemetery Masterplan

In late 2014, Wollongong City Council embarked on a masterplanning exercise for 2 of its key interment sites, Wollongong Lawn Cemetery in Kembla Grange and Wollongong Memorial Gardens in Berkeley. Its aim was to ascertain growth opportunities, maximise the use of the location and identify areas for improvements whilst providing a financial and environmentally sustainable operation. Our practice put together a team of sub-consultants including Changing Places (operations advice), RSM Bird Cameron (Financial modelling), IGNITE (Architects), Triaxial Consulting (Engineers) and Biosis (Ecologists).
The tasks:
  • Analyse both the operations and the physical site
  • Conduct stakeholder’s consultation
  • Create a vision for both sites
  • Present recommendations for operational, landscape and building issues
  • Prepare a staging plan for the implementation of the above recommendations
  • Prepare a financial model for selected implementation scenarios.
  • The project was delivered over a period of 6 months.

Wollongong Lawn Cemetery Masterplan

Client
Wollongong City Council

Location
Kembla Grange, Wollongong, NSW

Size 
40 Ha

Consultancy Type
Lead- Small multi-disciplinary team

Wollongong Lawn cemetery planning

Wollongong Memorial Gardens Masterplan

In late 2014, Wollongong City Council embarked on a masterplanning exercise for 2 of its key interment sites, Wollongong Lawn Cemetery in Kembla Grange and Wollongong Memorial Gardens in Berkeley. Its aim was to ascertain growth opportunities, maximise the use of the location and identify areas for improvements whilst providing a financial and environmentally sustainable operation. Our practice put together a team of sub-consultants including Changing Places (operations advice), RSM Bird Cameron (Financial modelling), IGNITE (Architects), Triaxial Consulting (Engineers) and Biosis (Ecologists).
The tasks:
  • Analyse both the operations and the physical site
  • Conduct stakeholder’s consultation
  • Create a vision for both sites
  • Present recommendations for operational, landscape and building issues
  • Prepare a staging plan for the implementation of the above recommendations
  • Prepare a financial model for selected implementation scenarios. The project was delivered over a period of 6 months.

Wollongong Memorial Gardens Masterplan

Client
Wollongong City Council

Location
Berkeley, Wollongong, NSW

Size 
7.5 Ha

Consultancy Type
Lead- Small multi-disciplinary team

Mount Isa Cemetery

Mount Isa Cemetery

The Vision for the site is based on the belief that a cemetery can be an inviting open-space for remembrance and contemplation for all to enjoy, in perpetuity. Due to the harshness of the climate, it is crucial that it is universally accessible and provided with ample shade.

The Design is inspired by the local patterns within the surrounding landscape: The circular pits of open-cut mines and the intrinsically Outback Australian “drifts” created by vegetation groups, rock formations and run-off patterns which shape the land, also often represented in the local Indigenous Art. A covered walkway which provides seating and shelter from the sun links new burial sections, the Children Section and Pet cemetery. Along its course, a Heritage trail depicts key historically significant graves and celebrates the rich history of Mount Isa.
Mount Isa Cemetery

Client
Mount Isa City Council

Location
Mount Isa

Size 
14 Hectares

Consultancy Type
Consultancy Lead