At the National Arboretum garden by Landscape architecture firm Taylor Cullity Lethlean, 100 forests of the world’s most endangered tree species join branches in a 250 hectare former fire ravaged site in the centre of Canberra, Austalia.
With this project, TCL has once scooped again the prestigious Landscape of the Year Award at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.
100 Forests redefines the meaning of public garden in the 21st century. Growing out of very real issues of sustainability, biodiversity, and public environmental concern. Indeed, each of the 2-3 hectares forests provides more importantly a seed bank for the future.
TCL Director, Perry Lethlean says: “Rather than a collection of individual trees as specimens, we wanted to create grand forests that offer unique and contrasting visitor experiences and hold a viable population to preserve vulnerable and endangered species. It is a strategy, a program and an ongoing event, not a design based chiefly on aesthetics”.
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Beautiful architectural and event spaces engage the visitor to connect with the setting, creating a heart to the project which can grow over time, expanding as the Arboretum and Canberra expand.
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100 Forests is located above the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. The site with its rolling, elevated topography, panoramic city views and two stands of individual exotic tree species planted under the direction of the city’s Masterplan designers Walter and Marion Burley-Griffin, provided the canvas and catalyst for the design.
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The forests, are arranged via a grid across the undulating topography, which are orientated to align with a civic axis created by the Burley-Griffins. This patchwork of forests, with their varying colour, form and textures, provide a striking backdrop the city and engages at an urban scale with the developing City.
Photos: courtesy of TCL, Taylor Cullity Lethlean.