Eltham North


Nilumbik Shire Council

Project Size



Eltham North, Victoria


Completion Date




Jeavons Landscape Architects
Gardiners Architects

Type of Project

Design & Construct, Public Realm, Recreation


AILA Victoria – Landscape Architecture in a Play Space Award 2021

Parks & Leisure Vic/Tas Regional Award, Joint Winner – Playspace Award (>$0.5M) 2019

 Victorian Architecture Awards, Commendation – Sustainable Architecture 2019

Out of the ashes, comes iconic Woolshed.

Many locals were devastated when the Eltham North Woolshed playground was destroyed by fire in late 2017. The original structure was inspired by a classic Australian woolshed to reflect the farming nature of the community.

After the fire the Mayor promised a rapid rebuild for this much loved space. Naturform engaged the original architect Paul Gardiner and landscape architect Mary Jeavons that did the original job back in 1995. Naturform needed to work closely with the community, and ran workshops, attended council meetings and displayed at community events to share updated designs and models to what was being proposed.

The community got involved in the rebuild efforts in planting trees, landscaping and helping create a dry creek bed and painting cubby houses.

The new playground feels old, but is new, offers good visibility, but lots of excellent hide and seek options with various play areas over three levels with a twisted roof offering sun protection and their very own [stationary] tractor.

We worked closely with council to finalise the design in three months and complete the build in just over 3 months, delivering a playground back to Eltham in just before Christmas 2018 as promised by the then Mayor.