Regional Winners of the 2019 WE-EF After Dark Competition announced

Congratulations to the Regional Winners of the 2019 WE-EF LIGHTING After Dark Competition. We look forward to the overall winner for Australia being announced at the closing session of the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

Words by: WE-EF


Good luck to our regional winners, ‘LightGarden’ The Common West End (QLD/NT) by RPS, Steam Mill Lane and Little Hay Street – Darling Square (NSW/ACT) by ASPECT Studios, Greville Street and Grattan Gardens Prahran (VIC/TAS) by Rush Wright Associates and Yagan Square (SA/WA) by ASPECT Studios.

Read more about the winning projects below:

The ‘LightGarden’ at the Common West Village is a new urban park that has been designed to create a safe and awe inspiring landscape that is always exciting, encourages exploration and rewards interaction. The ‘LightGarden’ has allowed The Common to develop into an integral part of the local community, supporting surrounding restaurants and providing a safe outdoor space for residents and visitors.” – RPS and Luxx Box.

Steam Mill Lane and Little Hay Street are new, pedestrianised, ‘eat-street’ laneways located adjacent Chinatown in the southern Sydney CBD. It is part of a larger series of public spaces that, together, comprise Darling Square; a significant urban regeneration project on the site of the former Sydney Entertainment Centre. The outcomes are fine grained and beautifully detailed laneways, lined with small format food and beverage retailers and boutiques, that has been carefully considered as a complete composition; of a beautiful ground plane, with public furniture and artistic lighting, detailed shop fronts, building materials and well-considered interfaces.” – ASPECT Studios.

“Our design establishes a unique, fresh vision for the much-loved Greville Street that revels in its edginess, and draws upon its fringe counter-culture and history. Akin to a haberdashery, the bespoke, craft-inspired furniture suite weaves throughout the streetscape and into Grattan Gardens. This palette of bright colours set against a braided ground plane recalls Greville Street’s urban groove, and evokes new and old textiles, fabrics, and fashion. A new focus on diverse planting reprioritises the pedestrian and allows for the proverbial pause, with moments to reflect, unwind, or simply Instagram under the catenary lights.” – Rush Wright Associates.

Yagan Square is a project of state significance for the city of Perth and Western Australia. It embodies a new urban typology, fusing culture, history, art, food, architecture and landscape. It is a square that forms part of Australia’s on-going reconciliation with its traditional owners. Yagan Square is an inclusive, welcoming and active cultural and civic destination. The place is representative of the ideas of convergence: of geologies, tracks, narratives, indigenous and non-indigenous people and culture within the Square.” – ASPECT Studios with Lyons, IPH architecture and Ramus.

Thanks a lot to all practices which participated and helped make this competition such a success!⁠

October 4, 2019