2019 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award of Excellence for Urban Design

James Cook University, Verandah Walk by Wilson Architects

Jury citation:

Verandah Walk at James Cook University’s Townsville campus achieves much more than its stated purpose of providing a covered link for students walking to and through the library hub precinct. It delivers a sinuous and sculptural ribbon that draws students through the university’s forest and toward its cultural heart. This project embraces and responds to the unique tropical narrative of the region by considering light, shade, humidity, breeze, scent, water, rain and colour. Each section of the walkway is a considered and deliberate design response to its landscape context.

The jury commended the design team’s role in elevating a wayfinding exercise to an experience of “journey,” rather than of “destination.” The project team has combined this with creative thinking and design excellence to deliver a multipurpose initiative that enhances the brand of a place, wayfinding, gathering opportunities, night-time safety and immersion in the lush natural beauty of the campus.

Location: Douglas (Qld)

Aboriginal Nations: Gugu Badhun

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