A commissioned 10-metre high tower in shades of green is the centre-piece at the new Pallara District Park. The multi-levelled playground encourages children to climb to the top followed by a thrilling slide down. Designed in collaboration with Urban Play, Urbis and Stockland the park focuses on creating an intergenerational space that gets everyone moving. The park features a playground, fitness equipment and a learn-to-ride track that features street markings, speed humps and intersections. We sat down with leading Landscape Architect on the project, Sam Burns, from Urbis.
1. What was your design inspiration for Pallara District Park?
“Life in the treetops.Pallara is a beautiful and unique community, nestled within existing, green, native bushland. The park and playground is inspired by the deep green colours and earthy tones of the natural surrounds. The feature play tower is representative of the tall, green, native trees found at Pallara and is the hero of the park, located central to all activity and is visually framed from all approaches. The playground that surrounds the tower also emulates the natural bushland concept and sets the tone for a more nature-based play environment, through the use of earthy tones, forms and materials.”
2. What is your favourite thing about designing parks or playspaces?
Creating social spaces where kids, adults, parents can all meet and have the freedom to explore, be active and challenge themselves both mentally and physically.
3. What trends can you see evolving in park design in the next 5 years?
Flexibility. Integration and interactivity. Nothing should have a single purpose anymore. Park designs need to be fluid, flexible, interactive and be able to service a wide range of activities and user groups.
About Sam Burns
Sam is a Landscape Architect with more than 10 years’ professional experience within the build environment industry.
Sam is inspired to design fresh, innovative and sustainable landscape spaces, while achieving quality outcomes. He has developed an exceptional attention to detail within the design industry while working collaboratively on a large variety of projects across the east coast of Australia.