This new botanic garden was completed in an area which used to be a sand quarry offering the visitors a journey through the Australian landscape which comprises desert and coastal fringes.
The project is located in Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia and it was designed by the architectural practice of Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson spreading over a surface of 40 hectares.
The integrated landscape unites elements of horticulture, architecture, ecology and art creating the largest botanical garden which is devoted to the Australian flora. The Australian relationship with the landscape is a complex one since the sublime beauty is also the source of some of their hardships and this relation is what the project tries to illustrate.
The east side of the project hosts the exhibition gardens, display landscapes, research plots and the forestry arrays while the west side hosts the gardens inspired by natural cycles, landscapes and floral forms. These two areas are mediated by water through river bends or coastal edges.
Aside from being a place for the visitors to enjoy, with interactive workshops, music, cinema, markets and cafes; the garden also has educative, scientific and conservation purposes providing a way of helping the scientists understand the history and future that the plants might have in the urban and natural environment.