Harmony Garden in Point Park has been nominated in the upcoming AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards. Landscape Solutions constructed the unique 2000m3 play-space in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands for Mirvac. Designed by Simon Ellis Landscape Architects, the ‘experience rich’ garden is aimed at delighting the young – and the young at heart.
The musical garden features an 11-metre wall strung with metal gongs and bells, set beside three drum-seats to give kids the opportunity to compose. Around the park, brightly-painted ‘flower bells’ nestle among their real-life inspirations, inviting passers-by to play them with their custom-moulded stamens. All the bells are fully accessible, and every instrument sited to bring music-makers together.
The plan included a careful mix of local and exotic plantings in wild ‘drifts’ which created a rich variety of sheltered and open spaces, smooth and rough textures. Resilient ‘weatherproof’ plants were chosen to endure the exposed environment, and care taken to retain existing trees and rejuvenate rain-gardens to capture overflows from the creek-bed. The instrument wall was constructed entirely from recycled timber.
Landscape Solutions workmanship has been well received and Mirvac reports that the community’s response to the project has been “overwhelmingly positive”.