At over 6 ha of nature based landscape, Naturescape is designed to provide an environment that inspires learning and positive environmental interaction through fun, discovery, immersion and connection with nature.

Rio Tinto Naturescape / Plan E
© Richard Gale

To ensure the project presented as a truly naturalistic bushland environment, the understated and low key landscape design was founded in the existing natural attributes of the site and in particular landform and vegetation. Individual design elements, including shelters, viewing towers and seating pods were specifically designed to present as stylised and deliberate intrusions into the natural landscape and were inspired by the shape of seeds, leaves and nests.

Rio Tinto Naturescape / Plan E
© Richard Gale
Rio Tinto Naturescape / Plan E
© Richard Gale

All design was required to reflect world class sustainability principles and promote best practice in water management, energy and safety. The site had to offer a responsive design that anticipated and met high levels of visitation, minimized impacts on the environment, retained existing trees and other important native vegetation and promoted sound environmental and maintenance practices.

Rio Tinto Naturescape / Plan E
© Richard Gale
Rio Tinto Naturescape / Plan E
© Richard Gale

PLAN E worked with BGPA to ensure the most environmentally responsive design and management principles were applied to the project, ensuring significant flora and fauna, natural systems and hydraulics of the site were mapped, preserved, and all significant trees in the Arboretum planted in the 1960s were conserved.

Project Details:

Location: Perth, Australia
Type: LandscapingPublic
Architects: Plan E
Client: Botanic Gardens And Parks Authority
Photographs: Richard Gale