Hansen wins at 2018 AILA Victoria Awards

Hansen Partnership has won two Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) 2018 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards for our work on Victoria Square in Kerang and Williams Reserve in East Richmond.

Recognising Victoria’s best landscape architecture projects, the awards ceremony was held on Friday 10 August 2018 with the jury reviewing projects from across Melbourne and regional Victoria in 13 categories.

Victoria Square, Kerang received the Award of Excellence in the Urban Design category with Williams Reserve, East Richmond winning the Landscape Architecture Award in the Parks and Open Space category.

Victoria Square, Kerang is a landmark project for the Gannawarra Shire which has successfully transformed the regional township’s main street into a pedestrian space, once dominated by vehicle movement and car parking. Hansen Partnership’s subtle urban renewal approach to this streetscape project was underpinned by an awareness and sensitivity to ‘localness’, with a goal of reimagining the centre of a thriving regional town as a place of civic pride and community gathering.

The jury’s citation stated:

“Victoria Square, Kerang, is both a significant civic gesture of reshaping pedestrian occupation within the iconic town main street and exemplar of leadership and investment of landscape architecture and urban principles at the regional scale. 

“The landscape architects have negotiated an idea of ‘regional realism’, by successfully dealing with scale and sensitivity when thinking about public occupation within Kerang. This intelligent, discrete and subtle deployment of material shift, textured ground plane and re-orientation of the body around historical landmarks help restrain and mitigate a vehicle dominated main street.

“The project forms a new urban identity and pedestrianism, whilst importantly maintaining its localness. The jury were impressed with the high quality of local crafts associated with the execution of the build, which sustains the project as a long term public space legacy. We commend Hansen Partnership on their advocacy of the importance the landscape architecture profession plays within regional centres.”

Contrastingly, Williams Reserve is located in an area undergoing rapid urbanisation, set against the backdrop of the multi-storey apartment buildings emerging around the bustling Victoria Gardens shopping centre. The City of Yarra considered a revitalised Williams Reserve essential to meet the recreational needs of a growing local population. Hansen Partnership upgraded the existing reserve with a design that recognised the reserve’s historic importance, while responding to the changing needs of residents and visitors in an increasingly urban environment.

The jury’s citation stated:

“In catering to the changing needs of a growing local population and providing quality open space to a broader public constituent, Williams Reserve is a prime example of how development contributions can be leveraged to effect enduring and valued community assets. The jury commends Hansen Partnership for their collaborative and sensitive approach to the revitalisation of this much-loved local park.

“Highly valued elements of the original park were retained and reintroduced, in familiar but new cohesive forms. The result is a transformative outcome that optimises the provision of lawn, play spaces and tree canopies. The clever and playful integration of land forms assists to rationalise grade levels across the site and delivers a generosity of space and welcome that markedly differentiates new from old. Taking multiple cues from the surrounding urban fabric, the design invites a fresh appreciation for the park and its context.”

These award winning Hansen Partnership projects will now proceed to the AILA National Awards with winners announced on Thursday 11 October as part of this year’s International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

Congratulations to the Hansen Partnership landscape architecture and urban design teams, our clients including the City of Yarra and Gannawarra Shire as well as our project partners.

Image: Andrew Lloyd