Award-winning landscapes

We are delighted and proud to announce that we have been awarded three Landscape Architecture Awards in the 2021 AILA SA Awards this year!

We thank our project teams for their dedication, support and efforts in helping us design and deliver exceptional outdoor spaces for local communities.

Check out all the projects in the 2021 AILA SA Awards Gallery. Congratulations to all award winners!


Pembroke Middle School Redevelopment – Health & Education Landscape Award

Jury citation: “The Pembroke Middle school landscape supports the school’s vision of providing meaningful outdoor spaces for socialisation, peer interaction for the sharing of ideas, and student’s individual learning needs. The landscape was critical in positively connecting a large and contemporary built form into a historic suburb across two council zones.

The landscape interventions successfully create a sense of arrival on both sides of a bridge spanning Shipsters Road.

The landscape unfolds as a series of interconnecting courtyards with a strong connection between exterior and interior spaces. This facilitated a calming visual continuity between the private, semi public, and existing public spaces abounding the site.

The connection to country is tangible through the retention of existing mature trees on the site and selection of edible bush foods for cultural and culinary investigations.

The project has clearly delivered an external learning and socialising environment that contributes to the wellbeing of the entire local and school community”

Victor Harbor Amphitheatre – Cultural Heritage Landscape Award

Jury citation: “The Victor Harbor Amphitheatre receives a Landscape Architecture Award for demonstrating leadership in providing a destination space within a popular town foreshore that includes the meaningful facilitation and inclusion of First Nations, Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal cultural heritage.The key project objectives achieved a new public destination that activates Victor Harbor’s eastern foreshore edge, providing clear links back into the main street and a versatile event space that retains the parks significant heritage character and coastal views.

Most significantly the project outcome celebrated the inclusion and acknowledgement of Ngarrindjeri cultural heritage through the juxtaposition of cross-cultural place names and the broader visual connection to this ancient spiritual landscape.

The Jury applauded the WAX Design leadership in facilitating the inclusion of Aboriginal cultural heritage in collaboration with the City of Victor Harbor, community and stakeholders and especially acknowledges the cultural knowledge shared by Ngarrindjeri and Ramindjeri Custodian, Aunty Phyllis Williams”.

Walker Place – Civic Landscape Award

Jury citation: The Walker Place civic landscape by WAX Design is a sophisticated and innovative transformation of a neglected car park space into a civic and cultural heart of the town of Gawler. The design deconstructs the traditional notion of the car park and reconfigures the space to be people centred, shifting the order of amenity back to the community and the local traders.

An imaginative interpretation of the vehicle bay line marking sees them not only delineate car parks but also as landscaped people parks, amenity rich social spaces complete with gardens and seating. The line marking continues all the way to the shop fronts as a clever gesture of reclamation of the car park as an important, and often underutilised piece of public realm.

The flexible, shared space design enables Walker Place to meet the community’s everyday needs for accessibility and parking while the integration of removable street furniture and catenary lighting enables the street to become a highly functional event space.

The jury congratulates WAX Design on an exemplary design and demonstration of the highest quality public realm”.