Landscape ArchitectureRichmond Terrace Pocket Park
ClientCity of Yarra
CategoryLandscape Architecture

Richmond Terrace Pocket Park

Project Summary

The creation of Richmond Terrace was facilitated through the closure of Richmond Terrace and Docker Street, as part of an innovative strategy by the City of Yarra to create more ‘open space’ in Melbourne’s inner city. With limited access to open, green space, the strategy sought to reclaim the traditional use of streets to transform them from places for cars to places for people.

Project Information

Richmond Terrace was one of three ‘pocket park’ projects within the City of Yarra. The ‘pocket parks’ were identified as part of the open space strategy to offer more green livable spaces to residents. The other sites were Peel Street Park and Oxford Street Park in Collingwood.

The community pioneered the idea for the project. The site has direct views to the CBD skyline and was used by the local community to gather and celebrate events. From the inception of the idea, the community were heavily involved in the design process.

The resulting design concept features a series of terraces for community gathering, including seating spaces. It retained existing trees and included deciduous trees to optimise the microclimate experience. The design also featured additional planting beds, a drinking fountain, unique feature lights, a striking custom-designed paving pattern, and retaining walls that reference the stained glass windows of the adjacent churches.

Final Words

This project was undertaken during my time at hansen partnership pty ltd. The City of Yarra’s strategy was recognised at the 2014 Victorian AILA Awards. The Roads to Parks Program was honoured with the Planning in Landscape Architecture Excellence Award.

Richmond Terrace was a finalist in the 2015 Think Brick Awards and was also awarded a 2015 AILA Design Award.

Photo credits: Andrew Lloyd

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