Mindeerup wins national award

Media Release 15 October 2020

The piazza at Mindeerup has received national recognition at the 2020 Landscape Architecture Awards on Tuesday 13 October.

The multi-million dollar project which was completed earlier this year, has taken out the award in the Tourism category. Landscape architect PLACE Laboratory was presented with the award at the annual National Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards ceremony, in partnership with Iredale Pederson Hook (IPH) Architects and ETC.

Part of the Connect South project, Mindeerup is the new gateway to South Perth, a vibrant entry point for visitors and residents.

The piazza offers an engaging visitor experience with active and passive spaces, a range of seating options and feature lighting. Two giant canopies in the shape of a numbat and frilled neck lizard take centre stage and can be seen from as far as Kings Park and the CBD. The canopies were designed in consultation with the Perth Zoo focusing on conservation and native fauna.

In presenting the award, the judges said Mindeerup is an iconic gateway destination into the heart of South Perth and the piazza is a modern revitalisation of the riverfront.

“The playful sculptures weave local narratives into the foreshore linking to the nearby Perth Zoo, while enticing visitors into a whimsical Instagram moment in the era of social media. The meerkat sculptures are an absolute delight. The integration into Mends Street with feature lighting ensures activation of the piazza night and day, providing a boost for local businesses,” the judges said.

The project also received two awards at the WA awards ceremony in August this year, the Award for Excellence in the Civic Landscape category and the Tourism Award.

In June, IPH Architects, Place Laboratory and ETC also won the Iwan Iwanoff Award for Small Project Architecture and the Commendation Award for Lighting at the WA Architecture Awards for Mindeerup and the Connect South project.  The project is still in the running for the National Dulux Colour Awards in the commercial and multi residential exterior category later this year.

The Connect South project was developed from the South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan which identified the Mends Street area for redevelopment.  Mindeerup was the result of extensive consultation and engagement with the local community throughout the project.

The $7.5 million project was made possible with $2.5 million from the National Stronger Regions, Round 3 funding and $5 million from the City of South Perth.  For more information visit our website.

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