Place to connect with nature, people and play

How an under-utilised public space on Sydney's North Shore became a vibrant new community hub for rest, respite and adventure – thanks to a leaf curling spider

Not only do well-designed public spaces encourage social interaction, but they can support health; with associated lower levels of negative mental health, obesity, anxiety, and depression found in individuals of all ages who live and/or work in close proximity to open, green and/or play space, according to the Heart Foundation.   

Industrial design practice, Tilt Industrial Design worked with landscape architecture practice Arcadia to establish an exciting new, dynamic public space for a major mixed-use development, The Landmark, situated in the suburb of St Leonards in Sydney’s North Shore.  

The resulting innovative, revitalised public space named Friedlander Place demonstrates what can be achieved when creative intent and the well-being of communities is placed at the forefront of design within a new development.   

Taking inspiration from the leaf curling spider, a regular inhabitant of North Shore gardens and bush, as well as surrounding flora and fauna, Friedlander Place was designed to connect end-users with the identity of the local area.  

Designed to encourage rest and respite as much as adventure, the public domain space offers a range of site-specific installations including a children’s playground and accessible water play, public art, seating elements, shade and fitness equipment. 

Credit list

Lane Cove Council
Design and construction
Landscape architects
Hutchinson Builders

Story by: Trendsideas

19 Feb, 2023

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