TDF Design Awards

Take A Stroll Through The TDF Design Awards Landscape Design Finalists!

Australia is internationally renowned for its stunning landscapes – ochre-red desert, ancient rainforest, snowy mountains, and craggy limestone coastal cliffs. But in addition to these iconic natural landscapes, we are also lucky to have a wealth of talent in landscape design.

From an impressive swag of entries, today we share the ten TDF Design Awards Landscape Design finalists!  Next, our esteemed judges Paul Bangay, Rick Eckersley, and Georgina Reid will award one lucky winner, and commendations – stay tuned for that announcement in September!

Lucy Feagins
The Landscape Design award is sponsored by Eco Outdoor

Mud Office, New Street BrightonPhoto – Shannon McGrath.

Lucy Feagins
22nd of July 2019

Mud Office – New Street, Brighton

Mud Office have created this generous private residential garden in Melbourne’s bayside, designed to accommodate a kids play space, kitchen garden, and characteristic Brighton icon – the Canary Island Palm. The elegance of the home is reflected in the generous, dramatic landscaping, that incorporates a bluestone cobbled driveway, club house, weeping elm and bespoke copper tap for water play. Garden beds provide links between different zones, including a kitchen garden that runs along the northern side of the home.

Clapham Landscape Architecture – The Enchanted Garden

Landscape architecture as an invitational gesture – this garden by Clapham Landscape Architecture welcomes visitors to the Yarra Bend development by following the curve of the river, and creating a lush secluded environment. Pedestrians and cyclists enter the new precinct in Alphington to a site of native flora and fauna. The sounds of the local river are played throughout the site to enhance the sensory experience.

Clapham Landscape Architecture, The Enchanted Garden. Photo – Alex Reinders.


Phillip Withers Landscape Design, Portsea Garden. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Phillip Withers Landscape Design – Portsea Garden

A beach house connects to its surrounds through the introduction of native coastal flora by the Phillip Withers Landscape Design, and weaves links between the architecture and environment. This Portsea home offers an escape from the city, and the garden is designed to soften the architecture and connect to the salty breeze surrounds. The outdoor entertaining decking area floats above the group, and provides a feeling of sitting within the stunning landscape.

Kate Seddon Landscape Design – Pavilion Courtyard

A corner pub is transformed into a family home, with a hidden courtyard garden by Kate Seddon providing a surprise oasis behind the high walls. This secret garden offers a transition from the main living space to the boundary garden bed. In a 15 x 3.5m space, the landscape architects have cleverly included an area for lounge seating and a narrow planting zone.

Kate Seddon Landscape, Pavilion Courtyard. Photo – Rob Blackburn Photography.

Mud Office, Waterdale Road. Photo – Erik Holt.

Mud Office – Waterdale Road

A relaxed and multi-zoned residential garden designed by Mud Office to encourage outdoor living, including dining, cooking and an inviting entry to welcome guests. The landscape design is inspired by the site, which sits at the crest of a hill. This sense of elevation and the surrounding views were central to connecting the modular home extension with the local environment.

Alexandra Farrington & Alfalfa Landscape Architecture + Design – East Pilbara Arts Centre

This purpose built gallery space by Alexandra Farrington & Alfalfa Landscape Architecture + Design for the Martu communities is inspired by the red desert sand of the East Pilbara, and offers a blurred threshold between inside and the rolling landscape. The designers replaced the existing gallery on site, to create a purpose built space for Martu artists to paint and exhibit.

Rush Wright Architects, Victoria Comprehensive Cancer Council. Photo – Michael Wright.

Rush Wright Associates – Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Council

Rush Wright Associates have created a pocket of rainforest and calming rest spaces that reflect a new holistic approach to health care and design. The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Council north terrace reinforces the key principle that biodiversity is the essential platform for human health, and the need for this beyond-human experience to be reflected in modern medicine.

Muir & Openwork – Doubleground

A multi-disciplinary team of Muir Architecture and Openwork takes on an ambitious brief from the NGV, to create an intervention that merging the lines between walls and gardens and invites visitors to engage with the civic space. The commission is located in the Grollo Equiset Garden and was constructed using low impact design and construction methodologies. The project intervenes into the space, and seeks to challenge to role of the garden.

Openwork & MUIR Architecture, Doubleground. Photo – Peter Bennetts.

Lisa Ellis Gardens, The Eastern Terrace. Photo – Erik Holt.

Lisa Ellis Gardens – The Eastern Terrace

An intimate, multi-zone garden for an urban setting by Lisa Ellis Gardens. This garden brings a minimal space to life with lush planting and a clever use of zoning to create space, that extends from the apartment. The garden is separated into three zones, to provide a sense of scale of purpose and a ‘living pergola’ draped in greenery offers screening, shade, and thermal comfort.

Elizabeth Prater – The Sir George

An oasis of planned spaces are created by Elizabeth Prater within formally styled garden rooms, at a Hotel and Boutique accommodation. The Sir George project balances intimate focal points and sprawling vistas to accommodate weddings, large parties, and family friendly play areas. The formerly derelict garden and pub has become a significant attraction in the last two years.

The Landscape Design Award is presented by Eco Outdoor.

Eco Outdoor specialises in natural stone flooring and walling, together with outdoor furniture and fabrics to create an inspiring life outdoors. Eco Outdoor are committed to innovative products that maintain integrity and quality, and possess an organic aesthetic that transcend styles and age gracefully.

Elizabeth Prater, The Sir George. Photo – Rachael Lenehan.

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