Commercial & Hospitality

The significance of successful landscape design for commercial and hospitality environments has come to the fore in recent years with the trend to create destination places that offer a greater diversity of activities and experiences, especially in the retail sector which has suffered from the explosion in on-line shopping.   The move away from “big box” commercial developments surrounded by a sea of parking to centres with community – focussed dining and entertainment precincts that are vibrant and engaging creates significant opportunities for high quality landscaping featuring promenades, squares and flexible spaces that allow for play, relaxation and community events. Facilities and amenities often include water features, shelter and shade structures, sculptures and performance spaces, with flexible seating options. Hospitality venues also cater to a wide range of users and offer a variety of dining and drinking spaces that encourage patrons to relax and socialise in comfortable, stimulating and engaging environments.

Design Collaboration

PLAN E has an enviable portfolio of such projects including Rottnest Island Hotel, The Beach Club at Cottesloe Beach Hotel, Whitfords Shopping Centre, The Intercontinental Hotel Perth and Gateways Shopping Centre.

Our work on these types of projects requires close collaboration between the project architects and other consultants to ensure well integrated designs where the landscape and building blend seamlessly and complement one another. The spaces that are created must successfully combine the commercial objectives of the facility with the recreational and entertainment needs of the community to create a dynamic, vibrant and engaging environment. Building flexibility into the design of external spaces is critical to meet changing uses and demands over time, and to allow for future expansion. Other key design considerations include engagement and interface with adjoining land-uses, easy and legible access and circulation for pedestrians and vehicles, provision of shade and screening with vegetation and structures, and provision of high quality facilities and amenities for public enjoyment.

Commercial & Hospitality

For more information on the benefits of landscape architecture in Commercial & Hospitality, download our Capability Statement