Adam Nohel

Carlton Park

The design for the new urban park combines topography, vegetation, and surface materials to create distinctive conditions between the edges and interior spaces. The site’s edges are designed to act as ‘third’ and ‘fourth’ places, which can be regularly utilised by the local demographic. The integration of the surrounding streetscape creates luring frontages that facilitates engagement between by-passers and the park itself. Additionally, the park is designed to respond to water influx from surrounding urban runoff. The streetscapes are lined with bio-swales to assist in effectively capturing water, which may then percolate toward the site’s low points, creating a sub-surface irrigation system. The resulting water flow presented an opportunity to create an internalised space, which, in a sense, would mature and develop with time, and offers a transitioning experience for users, as they move from the park’s edge toward its interior.