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Award of Excellence in Landscape Planning
AILA Vic Landscape Architecture Awards 2020

Award of Excellence for Landscape Planning
National Landscape Architecture Awards 2020

vic coast guidelines 

The  Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Victoria commissioned REALMstudios to review and revise the previous Siting and Design Guidelines and to provide a refreshed approach which responds to the current context and challenges.  


The new Siting and Design Guidelines for Structures on the Victorian Coast provide a set of fundamental considerations to guide siting and design and to provide best practice for the future use and development of structures and facilities on Coastal Crown Land. They were developed through a rigorous stakeholder engagement process over the course of a year, working closely with both State Government and Local Councils.   A series of workshops gave stakeholders the opportunity to engage in the process as well as contribute valuable local knowledge  and experience. The document underwent several iterations in order to capture the aspirations of all involved. 

The guidelines combine illustrative graphics, diagrams, photography and text to create a clear, concise and visually inspiring design and assessment tool to assist in achieving quality outcomes that respect, protect and enhance the coastline’s diverse and sensitive natural and cultural values. The intention of the guidelines is to direct attention toward critical coastal processes, materiality and place, and in turn increase awareness of the broader landscape setting as an environmental and cultural resource for all Australians.  They aim to improve design standards and to promote excellence for the whole of the coastline.  

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This coherent, beautifully illustrated and accessible document transforms a series of dry guidelines into a compelling and aspirational document. The document’s fifteen design and siting principles, complemented by evocative, innovative visuals, successfully translates the complexity and multi-faceted nature of designing structures in Victoria’s sensitive coastal landscape, to a range of audiences. By foregrounding landscape, the document promotes the need for sensitively integrated structures that are contributory to these unique and special environments.  -  Award Citation





2020 AILA Victoria Award of Excellence for Landscape Planning

2020 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award of Excellence for Landscape Planning


Victoria, Australia


Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning, Victoria 






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