World Architecture Festival: Australian Garden Wins World Landscape of the Year 2013

A botanical garden just outside of Melbourne in Australia has been awarded with the World Landscape of the Year title during this year’s World Architecture Festival in Singapore.

The Australia Garden, designed by practice Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson, landscape designer and plant expert, features over “170,000 plants across 1700 species,” according to Dezeen, and takes inspiration from Australia’s vast, bio-diverse and mostly arid landscape (approximately 70% comprises desert.)

Designed for use by expert researchers, conservationists and members of the public, alike, visitors are invited to journey through myriad landscape environments that mirror the abundance of artificial lakes, sprawling towns, tropical forests and expansive coastlines that make up Australia’s varied countryside.

“The garden highlights the tension between the natural landscape and our human impulse to steadily change it. This tension is not eliminated; rather it is the driving creative impulse for exploration, expression and interpretation of the landscape and its flora,” explain Taylor Cullity Lethlean.

In our recent In the Air report, Connected Earth, we look to some of the artists and designers celebrating Earth’s raw beauty and humanity’s inherent connection with nature and the planet. – Samantha Fox

Scroll down for images via Dezeen.

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