Rainforest Boardwalk design awarded in AILA awards

The System Garden’s Rainforest Boardwalk has been awarded in the 2020 Victorian Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Awards.

Visitors sit along the rainforest boardwalk design

The Australian Rainforest Boardwalk, located within Parkville campus’ System Garden, has won the ‘Landscape Architecture Award’ in the Small Projects Category at the Victorian AILA ceremony.

The University worked with architect SBLA Studio and builder Stokes Rousseau Construction over 12 months to design and build a boardwalk that protected the three mature trees in the area while showcasing their beauty.

The raised boardwalk allows visitors to navigate the rainforest while leaving it free from the impact of human footsteps for the first time. As an educational hotspot for biodiversity at the University, the unique plant collection also offers a space for relaxation and reflection.

The AILA awards quality design in public open spaces that work towards building stronger communities and greater environmental stewardship. To view the other award winners visit the Victorian winners gallery.

RMIT’s Building 100 pedestrian improvements received the Award of Excellence in this category and will go on to be judged in the National Landscape Architecture Awards program in October.

For more information about the University’s unique plant collections visit the System Garden.

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