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"Whilst this is a land development application,
the same principle applies to any commercial
venture and the adage 'you have to spend money
to make money' is as true here as anywhere,"
As well as the obvious effect on profits, cleverly
designed landscapes also help provide commercial
developments or projects with a much-needed
sense of identity. "Landscape presentation
conveys meaning and both explicit and implicit
messages about a building, its tenants and
functions housed within," says Carl.
Commercial spaces with great landscaping
benefit not only the client, but also the
wider community, and this should not be
"Landscape architecture in the past was seen
mostly as 'dressing up' a building," says Matt.
"Today, more people understand the value that
landscape offers to the amenity of a place and its
ability to create space for people.
" is is particularly evident through the inner
city, where outdoor parks and urban spaces
provide a high-value amenity to the predominant
office spaces surrounding them."
Jessica Stead-Richardson, senior landscape
architect at MNLA, agrees.
"For the community, the role of open space
in new land developments is increasingly
important as block sizes become smaller,
house footprints are larger and public open
space in effect is becoming people's front and
back gardens. ese spaces become places for
community interaction, education and benefit,"
"Open spaces become the meeting place of
the community, where mother's groups meet,
exercise classes are held, people have their
weddings, walk their dogs, take the kids to
play and have barbecues," Jessica adds.
" ese spaces become very much a focus for
Creating successful commercial landscapes
comes down to the following nine key areas:
Careful consideration should be given to
landscaping at the earliest stages of the design
"Landscape architects and designers are
frequently called in to dress up a project at the
very end of the process when often critical
design decisions have already been made," says
Carl. "Clients who value their external spaces
are careful to bring their consultant on early to
help resolve the design in conjunction with the
By seeking the advice of a landscape architect
at an early stage in the commercial development,
there is the chance to maximise the potential of a
site that may otherwise be lost, according to Craig
Carpenter, a landscape architect at Blackwell &
" is gives the opportunity for the retention of
key landscape features, habitats, wetlands and,
perhaps more importantly, consideration for the
less visible aspects of the environment such as
retention of top soils and microfauna, gathering
of seeds and selection of suitable transplantable
stock," he explains.
According to Evan Sommerville, director of
Exhibit Green, considering landscape design at
the early stages of commercial projects is possibly
more critical than in residential design, as the
implications of poor integration with proposed
services can severely restrict the design potential.
"It is often the case that the landscape
consultant can integrate the building more
successfully into the landscape by designing
in tandem with the architects or building
designer," he says.
Landscape design was a key consideration for the commercial projects pictured: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park Library and Community Centre (far top left) by Newforms Landscape
Architecture, Cygne Apartments in Crawley (top centre, bottom centre and far bottom left) by Exhibit Green and Ashdale Secondary College in Darch (far right) by Blackwell & Associates,
Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park Library and Community Centre image courtesy of Newforms Landscape Architecture;
Cygne Apartments images courtesy of Exhibit Green; Ashdale Secondary College image courtesy of Blackwell & Associates
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