Palliative care garden awarded
Published at: 17 Jun 2019
Goulburn Valley Health’s therapeutic courtyard was recognised at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect’s 2019 Victorian Awards.
Completed by Spiire, the Shepparton courtyard won a landscape architecture award at the annual awards in Melbourne on Friday.
The awards celebrate the profession’s impact in shaping the built and natural environment throughout Victoria, recognising how beauty, sustainability, creativity, nature and wellbeing come together.
The jury described the courtyard as an excellent example of a small-scale landscape architecture project that contributed positively to a community’s health and wellbeing, particularly for those in palliative care.
"The before and after images demonstrate the potential that small community-engaged landscape projects can bring in transforming a barren and under-utilised space into one that provides a welcome refuge from the sterile hospital environment,’’ the jury said.
‘‘The team is to be commended on their contribution to creating a visually appealing and productive space for self-reflection, meditation and improving health outcomes.’’
The winning projects were divided into 13 categories, ranging from civic landscapes to parks and open spaces.
The seven-member jury evaluated each for design excellence, innovation, context engagement and social and environmental impact.
Landscape architecture awards were presented to 19 projects from across the country, which Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects president Adrian Gray said recognised great design that supported human wellbeing in our political, academic, health, urban and rural environments.
‘‘Landscape architects ensure the complex relationship between people and nature is embedded through the many places that shape the way we live on this planet,’’ Mr Gray said.
‘‘Landscape architects create quality places where people and nature co-exist.’’