Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture - Jane Irwin
Jason Busch - Photographer (all photos except SWP_JILA-JANET BIERNE_IMG-0711 taken by Simon Wood Photography)
Janet Bierne Park in Beaconsfield was revived and updated to create a contemporary community park, with playground, bar-b-q and outdoor eating, and a sunny broad lawn. Gentle terracing has accommodated the natural fall of the landscape, and subtly divided the park into functional zones, with play at the centre.
A curved brick wall defines the central terrace, and joins the play area to the timber decks that provide seating. The wall is a strong visual unifier in the overall layout, and performs a number of functions – enclosing the play area without fences; making an informal seating edge to play; and retaining levels around existing trees.
The flexibility of brick, and the rich colours allowed us to make a sinuous wall that responds to topography and visually pops against the green of lawns and the bright orange play structure.