Month: December 2013

Rooftop Play Garden for new Fiona Stanley Hospital

The Paediatric ward of the new Fiona Stanley Hospital has an eclectic small rooftop space on the third floor that aims to provide a sensory outdoor refuge for patients, siblings and families using the new hospital. Jeavons Landscape Architects designed and documented the space, working with the FS Hospital client, with head contractor Brookfield Multiplex and with landscape contractor Environmental Industries . We commissioned numerous custom-designed sculptural and musical elements to provide a fantasy setting that could be experienced in numerous ways by users who may need to spend long periods of time at the hospital,

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Springvale Family and Children’s Hub Outdoor Playspace Revisited – Four Years On

This is a children’s outdoor play space that shows the effect of planting as a strong spatial element. A large, unstructured space has been divided into sub-spaces that better suit the scale and purposes that children need for their play. The outdoor play space at Springvale Hub Children’s Centre was constructed at the end of 2009 and over these four years the planting has established well – demonstrating the value of good TLC from the centre staff and management.  

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South Kingsville Pre-school

South Kingsville Pre-school successfully applied for a community grant to design a sensory garden .  Jeavons Landscape Architects was invited to design the garden following consultation with the pre-school committee. A very narrow space along one side of the pre-school outdoor area has been transformed into a series of intensively textured spaces that children can walk through as part of a journey, or pause in to play – a kind of ‘worlds within worlds’ experience.

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Monkey Play at the Werribee Open Range Zoo

Children visiting the Werribee Open Range Zoo can now mimic the monkeys at Monkey Play – a small nature-based play space designed by Jeavons Landscape Architects. Monkey Play invites younger children to express their inner ‘monkey’ – negotiating changing levels, and testing their agility and climbing skills on ropes connected to tree posts.  A simple palette of materials including logs and large, flat boulders placed for steps, tree trunks laid horizontally to form a ‘scramble’,

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Growing Wild wins CEFPI Award

Last week the ‘Growing Wild’ project at Melbourne Zoo won the CEFPI Award in the Landscaping / Outdoor Learning Area category. The award citation describes this project as: “a rich and engaging environment that uses diverse materials, textures and colours of timber, earth, steel, and densely planted vegetation to create a variety of wild spaces and formal settings…changes in scale provide children with different perspectives and encounters with animals and the environment,

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