ZETLAND AVENUE PARK
In collaboration with McGregor Westlake Architecture and Alluvium
Client: City of Sydney
Project dates: 2014
Gallagher Studio was commissioned by the City of Sydney to develop a concept plan for a new park in Zetland. This park design celebrates the ecological and social importance of water in the development of Green Square.
A reed garden is located at the lowest point of the park at the western end, linking to shallow basin with Melaleucas and grove of gum trees with lawn areas beyond. A linear pathway links west to east, connecting to a series of nature play features including ‘lily pond’ platforms, climbing features with the gum grove, and a rain gauge tower and stair case. A ‘Rain lantern tower’, located at the eastern most point of the park is a 30 metre high viewing tower with lighting that broadcasts rainfall data to surrounding neighbourhoods and the millions of annual travellers along the adjacent motorway. The lantern is designed as an alluring artwork and scientific instrument as well as an interactive park feature and viewing tower.
Zetland Avenue Park incorporates a range of evocative play elements for children from ages 5 and above. These provide nature play opportunities for inner city children that often have limited access to these environments. Within the Tree grove, climbing structures have been designed to mimic the gum tree forms and incorporating climbing ropes and structures that facilitate exploration and play amongst the trees. Informal pathways provide opportunities for exploration and discovery. The reed garden is designed with a series of circular ‘lily pad’ platforms to provide spaces for seating and exploration amongst the bulrush reeds.