Turf Design Studio

“Over the past fifteen years, Turf Design Studio has brought the idea and reality of collaborative practice in landscape architecture to new levels of creativity and effectiveness. In response to complex challenges in urban design and ecological design, the Turf team under the leadership of Mike Horne, has reached out to like-minded but complementary atelier-based practices in Australia and Europe to deliver projects with an energy and élan that has given the term ‘synergy’ true meaning. From a new landscape for the central campus of Australia’s oldest university to a dense urban quarter, a dramatic waterfront and a system of constructed ecologies for an inner urban park, the collaborative approach has brought talent and skill to the making of the city in pace-setting ways. The Turf approach, based on the combined power of small offices, has brought design innovation to the fore in all these projects, backed up by deep knowledge on how to build – and the city has been the winner.”
Professor James Weirick, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Director, Urban Development & Design Program, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales

Central Park Public Domain Design

Public Domain Design Team: Jeppe Aagaard Andersen + Turf Design Studio
Collaborating Architects: Foster + Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Johnson Pilton Walker, Tzannes Associates, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Client: Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia

The site offered immense possibilities – at the heart was the former Carlton & United Brewery, surrounded by a built fabric of some of Sydney’s oldest workers cottages, terraces and warehouses. As landscape architects and urbanists, how could we reimagine and build on the site’s unique story and in doing so, make a new Sydney place? Central Park exemplifies how a well-considered and legible public domain framework can both unite a site and re-stitch a city. The design meets the challenge of forging a robust and interconnected network of new places – streets, lanes, parks and plazas that serves the local community and the city as a whole. The creation of an entirely new city precinct has breathed new life into what was a baron and desolate stretch of Broadway; while adding to the energy and vitality of inner city Chippendale.

Kensington Street

Landscape Architecture: Turf Design Studio with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen
Once an abandoned back alley to the former Carlton & United Brewery – Kensington Street is now alive with the comings and goings of people. The street offered immense possibilities – a built fabric comprised of some of Sydney’s oldest workers cottages, terraces and warehouses. As landscape architects and urbanists how could we reimagine the street? The first imperative was its physical connection – a series of through-site links to the emerging Central Park was vital in stitching the street back into the fabric of Chippendale. In parallel, a process of boiling down – carefully understanding the history and many heritage qualities of the street. Then came stripping back – removing those elements not intrinsic to its spirit of place. Finally, carefully adding in – lighting, trees, seats and ground plane – the public domain infrastructure required as fit for purpose. We aimed to touch lightly but decisively in forging something new from old. Through innovative design and carefully executed heritage adaptive reuse strategy, Kensington Street is now a vibrant new public place that contributes to the evolving street typology of the city. The place is a hive of activity, buzzing from the early morning until late at night with people of all ages and backgrounds exploring the street’s creative spaces, dining and cultural offerings.

London Culture and Education District

Landscape Architecture and Public Realm: Andersen Hunter Horne
QEII Olympic Park will soon host some of the world’s leading cultural and educational institutions. The LLDC is creating a new waterfront venue for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells, Smithsonian Museum, two residential towers, as well as the relocation of UAL’s London College of Fashion. AHH is leading the public realm component of this project, collaborating with LLDC, masterplan architects Allies & Morrison, O’Donnell + Tuomey from Ireland, Arquitecturia from Spain and engineers BuroHappold. “It will be a fantastic addition to the heart of Olympic Park. The opportunities presented to us following the success of the 2012 Olympics will only add to the transformation of this cultural and educational quarter. This will essentially form a new piece of city for Stratford; a place for the arts, science and innovation; collections of finely curated art, history, storytelling and lifestyle.” says Mike Horne. Underpinning the pedigree of architectural built form is a series of high-quality public spaces. These spaces ‘stitch-in’ and connect each building to one another; inviting visitors, students and residents to participate in the daily offerings of each institute – experiences that will sometimes be dramatic, and at other times spontaneous and intimate; adding to the unexpected pleasures of a city.

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project

Landscape Architecture: Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership
Much has been achieved over the past two decades to transform the Sydney Park site from its former post-industrial history and waste disposal, into 44 hectares of parkland and a vital asset for the growing communities of Sydney’s southern suburbs. This project forms City of Sydney’s largest environmental project to date and is an integral component of Sustainable Sydney 2030; targeting 10% of water demand to be met through local water capture and re-use. The City also seized the once in a lifetime opportunity to use what was essentially an infrastructure project to breathe new life into the park – as a vibrant recreation and environmental asset for Sydney. The City engaged a design team led by landscape architects TDEP who orchestrated an intense and multidisciplinary collaboration intersecting design, art, science and ecology- in a ‘roundtable’ of creatives shared between water experts Alluvium, artists Turpin + Crawford Studio, ecologists Dragonfly, and the City’s own Landscape Architects. The result is an interwoven series of community infrastructures and ‘made’ systems – water re-use, recreation, biodiversity and habitat all integrated within the physical fabric of Sydney Park. The park now offers an enhanced recreational experience to the Sydney community, going beyond the picturesque; creating instead a revitalised, multi-faceted waterscape that celebrates the connection between people and place.

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