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2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award for Tourism

The Gap and Natural Bridge by Department of Parks and Wildlife (WA) Tourism: Landscape Architecture Award Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

This extraordinary project elevates The Gap and Natural Bridge tourist sites to international significance. The design delicately responds to the sensitive site while seamlessly connecting with its surrounding landscape setting. The Department of Parks and Wildlife has a clear understanding of site, including how people might better interact with it, and the planning and design solution adopted to manage and control the visitor experience, is exemplary in its execution.

The hard landscape forms, clever use of material and attention to detail soften the engineering robustness of this project, making the walkway structure feel as if it is draped across the rock surface. The lookout is spectacular, the projecting ramp testing the resolve of visitors who want to experience the drama of the seascape below and beyond.

Credits

Consultants
Engineer GHD
Site details
Location Albany,  WA,  Australia
Site type Coastal
Category Landscape / urban design
Type Tourism
Project Details
Status Built
Client
Client Department of Parks and Wildlife (WA)
Website dpaw.wa.gov.au

Source

Award

Published online: 27 Oct 2016
Words: National Landscape Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Department of Parks and Wildlife (WA).

Issue

Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2016

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