Taylor Cullity Lethlean won the University of Sydney’s Darlington campus international design competition to design the University's new public domain.
The scheme titled “Fertile Ground” creates a new pedestrian corridor from the Shepherd Street entry through the Darlington campus to connect to the new Library and the Camperdown campus. The creation of a series of water harvesting wetlands is integrated into the existing campus landscape with new underground storage tanks which irrigate the planting throughout the campus. Custom designed furniture by TCL punctuates a series of external spaces, created for students and staff to engage and relax within.
Fertile ground reflects upon the history of the site, which was once used as a colonial market garden and indigenous hunting ground. This vision is integrated into the design through a sand blasted paving pattern, the result is a landscape design that responds both to its cultural and physical history.
2010 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence in Design
2007 AILA (VIC) Award of Excellence in Design
"A high level of quality recycled and sustainably-sourced materials are evident throughout, the specific sourcing of timbers. In all, Darlington Public Domain proves a striking statement of social and environmental sustainability that more than satisfies the clients brief for an address, and safe, equitable point of access for the 20,000 users daily."—Jury Citation
Location Sydney, New South Wales
Client University of Sydney
Collaboration Paul Thompson and Paul Carter
Budget $13,000,000 (AUD)
Photography Michael Nicholson and Brett Boardman