Architecture and design

The Garden of Cloud and Stone wins top architecture prize

Our Chinatown project was recognised at the National Landscape and Architecture Awards.

Excellence in civic landscape

The collaborative project was recognised as “an elegant, cleverly curated place for the community”.

The project commenced in 2016 when a section of Thomas Street in Chinatown was remodelled based on a theme of ‘New Century Garden’ developed by curator Aaron Seeto.

The artist-led street upgrade included pedestrian-friendly public space for walking and additional native Australian trees, lighting, seating and public art.

Read more about The Garden of Cloud and Stone.

A streetscape based on feng shui principles
A streetscape based on feng shui principles

Lindy Lee's vision

Following a public consultation on the project’s theme, artist Lindy Lee was commissioned through an open call for artists to create The Garden of Cloud and Stone.

The artwork is based on feng shui principles and comprises a series of pieces: Scholar's Rocks, Moongate and Cloud Gate. Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture worked with Hill Thalis Architecture to execute the project.

The artwork elements


Scholar's Rocks resemble naturally occurring rocks, traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholars. A water feature and seating in natural stone.

Moongate is composed of flung bronze components embedded in the paving at the intersection of Hay and Thomas streets.

Cloud Gate is a series of circular hung shade sculptures, like floating clouds above.

Scholar's Rocks provide seating
Scholar's Rocks provide seating

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects announced the award winners online on Tuesday 13 October.

The 2020 celebration of the country’s best architecture saw a total of 46 awards presented across 15 categories.

Published 20 October 2020