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Sustainability in the landscape was a key
part of the design direction, as well as
creating a unique urban environment.
he Grove Library precinct was built by
PS Structures, with Phase3 Landscape
Construction providing building services
for the soft landscaping and special
features such as the sensory playground, light
cubes and water feature.
It fulfils a number of functions, with a hardscape
civic plaza, native gardens with endemic WA flora,
sedge lands, plus grass and reading areas, produce
gardens, play space, transitions and pathways.
Dewey Decimal numbers are found throughout
the landscape, allowing school groups to walk
around the grounds, observe some of the features,
take note of the number adjacent, then discover
more information in relation to the feature in the
library using the reference number.
Environmentally sustainable design initiatives
were achieved in a number of ways, including
exploring the rainwater tanks to form part of the
structure of the sensory playground, demonstration
sedge land water treatment cells, and viewing
windows to areas such as first flush tanks for the
rainwater system and the thermal maze.
The site is located at a low point of a major
stormwater catchment area. Newforms designed
an open sedge land basin that, in storm events,
fills before the soak well system and then subsides
again soon afterwards.
The reticulation system has an Australian-first
system of urine separation from blackwater, which
is stored then dosed for fertigation into the main
The hardscape was designed with a final vision
to complement the building itself, and the use of
local products and recycled materials was a core
driver in the hardscaping treatments.
THE GROVE LIBRARY
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT | Newforms
BRIEF | Newforms saw the project as an opportunity to
demonstrate new ideas in what a Perth civic park setting
could be. It needed to support the function of education and
interpretation, for example by the integration of interpretive
signage in the landscape in the form of Dewey numbers.
BUILD TIME | Design, September 2007-March 2008.
Construction, March 2009-December 2010.
FEATURES | Sensory playground, light cubes, water
feature, drip line irrigation and an Australian-first
wastewater technology system.
LOCATION | 1 Leake Street (corner Leake Street
& Stirling Highway), Peppermint Grove.
The Grove Library | Newforms Landscape Architecture & Phase3 Landscape Construction URBAN DESIGN
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