National Arboretum

Canberra, Australia – Competition Entry 2005


A sinuous wall benches the landscape contours, folding over the converging motorway to form a tangled interaction that reconnects the hillside to the lake. At strategic points, a visitor centre, restaurant, transport and other attendant facilities morph from the promenade form. The terraced ground provides lawns, markets, an amphitheatre and other spaces for gathering and events. The gardens and forests of the arboretum rise the slope, ascending each fold in the landscape with a contrasting botanic theme, terminating at the apex, creating a pleated backdrop to the lake.

Credits: Simon Kringas (Design Director), Hannah Jonasson (Design Assistant).

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