Designed by Outhouse Design using play equipment from Art Dinouveau, the Happy Garden at Sydney Children’s Hospital won no less than three awards from the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM).
The awards were the following:
Category – Landscape Design – Rooftop or Balcony – GOLD winner
Category – Commercial Landscape Design – Educational/Institutional – GOLD winner
Category – Landscape Design – Pro Bono – GOLD winner
The Design Brief for the garden was the following:
This garden at the Royal Children’s Hospital needed to be functional and inspirational. It needed to be accessible for all. Also, the balcony is observed from the windows of the isolation units above where sick kids, who have compromised immune systems and can’t leave the ward, can at least look out at a magical space rather than a concrete walkway.
The functionality of the design came from creating a lawn using synthetic grass, and the inspiration came from murals to represent the enchanted forest and toadstools for seating and shade structures. Oversized pots allow for mature trees and scented shrubs, and hanging moss from the coloured archways all help to create a sense of mystery. The Magic Light tree acts as the centre piece and an open gazebo with sky light caters for a hospital bed, so at night time children can look up and see the magical stars and dream a little.
You can read more about The Happy Garden here.
Outhouse Design went on to receive an outstanding 6 GOLDs in total for the night and the coveted Allan Correy Award for Design Excellence. A massive congratulations from everyone at Art Dinouveau.