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2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award for Gardens

North Shore Estate by CALDesign Gardens: Landscape Architecture Award Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by a blank canvas and a client whose vision is only to create something welcoming. In such situations, the role of the landscape architect is to show restraint and carefully pull all of the desirable features into a cohesive whole. The garden of North Shore Estate in Sydney’s northern suburbs achieves this. Using heritage-listed oak trees as a starting point, the design seeks to evoke a sense of relaxed formality that expresses balance and unity. At the same time, repurposing the old swimming pool allows for the capturing of precious rainwater, while various rooms in the garden provide diverse experiences. All this is beautifully executed with a careful selection of materials and plant species.


Architectural lighting Tovo Lighting
Civil and structural engineer Waddington Consulting
Swimming pool builder Neil Beecroft Constructions
Site details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Category Landscape / urban design
Type Outdoor / gardens
Project Details
Client Christopher and Elizabeth Janssen



Published online: 27 Oct 2016
Words: National Landscape Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Peter Brennan


Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2016

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