HASSELLs Darwin Waterfront takes top prize
What was once 25ha of industrial wasteland on Darwin’s Waterfront has been developed into a world-class public landscape with a swimming lagoon, wave pool and extensive new public parklands.
Designed by multidisciplinary practice HASSELL, the project recently won the title of ‘Best Landscape Architecture Project’ in Australia at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2012, which took place in Kuala Lumpur. The project was also awarded the ‘Five Star Award’ and a commendation in the Leisure Development Australia category.
Like many cities on the waterfront, the space between the city and the waterfront that was once a port, became disused when local industry declined. By reclaiming the space and reconnecting it to the city via a Sky Bridge and Smith Street East Walkway, HASSELL has created an accessible public domain.
Building on Darwin’s cultural heritage, a network of walkways, promenades and decks allows visitors to explore the historical landmark of the Darwin Waterfront Precinct. Visitors can explore cultural facilities, follow a heritage and cultural trail, and enjoy picnic spaces, public art, retail outlets and restaurants.
Judge, professor Chris Johnson, said: “This project demonstrates the value of development undertaken with vision, with good design quality and with environmental sensitivity. It demonstrates how a single development can have a major impact on the future of a whole city.”
The lead landscape architecture and architecture designers for the Darwin Waterfront are now located in the London Studio of HASSELL, which has 120 landscape architects located across 14 studios in the UK, Australia, China and South East Asia.
For more information on the Darwin Waterfront, visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au