Raw beauty collides with design at 2013 Landscape Awards

Auckland’s streetscapes, play spaces and parks dominated at the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards this week, picking up around half of the 53 awards presented.

Auckland’s streetscapes, play spaces and parks dominated at the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards this week, picking up around half of the 53 awards presented.

The city centre and waterfront featured strongly, with Elliott and Darby Street shared spaces, Jellicoe Street and Wynyard Playspace all bringing home honours. The soon to be constructed Daldy Street Linear Park at Wynyard Quarter took out the overall Sustainability Award of Excellence in the Landscape Design – Visionary Landscapes section, while Te Wero Island and the Eastern Viaduct (pictured above) won the Resene Colour Award of Excellence.

Mayor Len Brown said that by "raising the bar of landscape architecture, we are increasing pride in Auckland and producing a sense of place and identity that is critical to creating a quality compact city".

“Auckland is a truly great city with a natural beauty that rates well above any others worldwide. To make it the world’s most liveable city, we need to match that raw beauty with quality design to create urban landscapes, parks and recreational spaces that people want to be in and enjoy."

Elsewhere, Remarkables Primary School (recipient of a 2012 New Zealand Architecture Award), Pekapeka Wetlands and the Raglan Skatepark Extension were among some of the other winning projects around the country.

A full list of awards won can be seen at nzila.co.nz.