The Plant Bank is a research institute, seed repository and public building set amongst the Australian Botanic Gardens at Mount Annan in the south-western suburbs of Sydney. The seed bank is the largest collection of plant seeds in the country, storing over 100 million seeds from representative of 20% of Australia’s flora. The landscape design reinforces this and serves as an outstanding reminder of the value of native flora in maintaining landscape systems and community identity as significant component of cultural heritage.
The landscape architects have ensured the seamless integration with the building and beautifully reinforced the objectives of conserving seed for the future. An explorative and imaginative use of materials, especially the paving inlays and the mirrored under croft elevates this important cultural project to an exceptional level.
The project demonstrates a unique collaboration between the consultant and the client for the duration of the project, one where thinking and leadership were respectfully elevated to achieve this impressive result. The vision of the client, the horticultural staff and the landscape architect involved should be commended for delivering this important project for Australia.
PROJECT NAME: PLANT BANK
AWARD CATEGORY: CULTURAL HERITAGE
2018 NATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
2018 NSW LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD