05. December 2012 / Ricky Ricardo

AILA Victoria Awards

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (Victoria Branch) Awards were recently announced in Melbourne on the 23rd of November, with the top prize "the Victoria Medal for Landscape Architecture" going to Keast Park, by Melbourne landscape practice Site Office. The awards aim to "foster recognition of the profession of landscape architecture, encourage excellence and provide public acknowledgement of the valuable contributions made by the profession to the improvement of our natural and built environments."

Keast Park sits at the entrance to the bayside suburb of Frankston, in Melbourne's south-east, and acts to connect the metropolitan centre to the shoreline of Port Phillip Bay. The original master plan was completed by Site Office back in 2004, which also won an AILA award and a commendation for urban design from the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

Timber is the predominate material throughout the park, gently marrying the architecture of Jackson Clement Burrows' community pavilion to the landscape, defining the transition from coastal dune to the built environment. The finely crafted boardwalk running through the park acts to protect the reinstated sand dune while also providing seating and shelter for community activity.

To view more images of Keast Park, and to read more on the other award winning projects, visit the AILA website.

Image credits: John Gollings

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