PLAN E was employed to be the landscape architects for the redevelopment of the Joondalup Health Campus commencing with the creation of an innovative and appropriate landscape master plan.
Based on sustainable landscape principles which included the sensitive use of water for irrigation and the positive management of stormwater drainage, the use of both exotic and indigenous plant species within the landscape and the selective inclusion of small lawn areas in key locations where the high water requirements can be minimised.
The design philosophy was based on the recognition that the garden is not only a visual entity to be viewed from ‘within’ the hospital, but that it has sensory and spiritual qualities by providing comfort, solace and familiarity. A key feature of the landscape design for the internal common courtyard spaces involved the creation of a series of “themed gardens” utilising natural and cultural references which serve to enliven and stimulate the experience of both patients and visitors. The design of each garden/courtyard, or outdoor space reflected the need to provide appealing spaces for contemplation and reflection and that would also promote a sense of healing and wellbeing.
The design intention was to retain as much of the existing landscape as possible and integrate the new works with the strong landscape themes already established. Internal common spaces incorporate a mix of endemic and exotic planting themes that reflect the sustainable landscape philosophy and are low in maintenance and water use. Education and interpretive artwork opportunities have been created throughout the site, reflecting its natural and cultural heritage.