Taylor Cullity Lethlean’s gorgeous Australian Garden has nabbed the World Architecture Festival award for World Landscape of the Year 2013. The beautiful botanical garden transformed a disused quarry outside of Melbourne into a premier destination for locals and tourists. With the help of plant expert Paul Thompson, the quarry has become a micro representation of the Australian landscape, encompassing a dazzling array of both desert and coastal indigenous fauna and flora.
Taylor Cullity Lethlean created a journey through the various landscapes of Australia, welcoming intrepid visitors to try them all on for size in one fell swoop. The 170,000 plants representing 1700 species incorporated gives a real feel for the flora across the continent. The park spans 25 hectares in the small town of Cranbourne, highlighting both natural features of the Australian countryside and modern landscape design. The entire project, commissioned by the Royal Botanic Gardens, had a construction budget of $11 million and stage two was completed in 2012.
Artificial lakes and rivers weave their way throughout the diverse botanical garden, lined with trees, rocks and sculpted benches that invite visitors to take a rest and enjoy the views. The botanical garden campus fans out in an arch shape, with a central red desertscape in its center. The diverse landscapes emerge in points from the center, meeting the encircling path.
The award-winning botanic garden introduces locals to the wide array of Australian plants, and invites visitors to explore their relationship with the local landscape.