CurrentResidentialEducation and Health Recreation, Aquatic and LeisureParks, Gardens and ReservesObservatory GateGeelong Botanic GardensBenalla Rose GardenMelbourne Club CourtyardBentleigh Recreation ReserveRoyal Park Master Plan ReviewVictorian Mineral Springs Reserves Strategic Review Commercial and Retail Urban Design and Civic Spaces Alpine

The Forecourt

Forecourt Lawn


Fig Tree Deck

Parks, Gardens and Reserves

Observatory Gate, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

RAIA Award

This challenging project involved the creation of a new main entry gate to the Royal Botanic Gardens through the old Melbourne Observatory site. Land Design Partnership addressed heritage issues related to the existing gardens and the incorporation of the unusual forms of the Old Observatory and Herbarium buildings. This new gateway includes a new forecourt, viewlines and entries to the heritage buildings, theatre and education lawns providing excellent gathering spaces and an external 'gallery of gardens'.

The landscape design is a simple and elegant solution that provides clear sightlines, new access and connections for pedestrians and a strong address for the Gardens to Birdwood Avenue.