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Jeninat Al-Mahaba wal-Salam / The Garden of Love and Peace

Nineteen Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) students, along with lecturers Alysia Bennett and Wil Goodsir (Goodsir Architecture) have collaborated to create concepts for a suite of architectural elements to be considered for installation at Government House’s ‘Peace and Prosperity’ kitchen garden.

Revealed to The Governor, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC on 14 June 2017, the project has enabled MADA students to experience design outside the classroom by interacting with the kitchen garden participants and responding to a real brief from a real client. If their designs are ultimately selected, they’ll gain the unique experience to participate in the realisation of their creations on-site.

The design brief from the Governor encouraged students to submit a variety of ideas, in order that some or all of them may be drawn from to determine the final design. MADA students responded with two independently conceived suites, “Jenina Al Mahaba Wal Salam" (an Arabic translation meaning “The Garden of Love and Peace”) and “The Arbor”.

To learn more about the project, click here.

Government House Garden
Jeninat Al-Mahaba wal-Salam / The Garden of Love and Peace

Using the Victorian Coat of Arms as a motif, this design extracts and abstracts elements of it for use across the its various pieces. The abstraction of the coat of arms and the translation of the motto aims to simultaneously break down and embed the institutional symbols to make a more informal gathering space distinctly associated with Government House.

Participants in kitchen garden program suggested that the garden provided a space of ‘peace and love’ – MADA students chose that to be the title of their work, using both English and the Arabic translation to reflect the multicultural nature of the space.

Government House Garden
Government House Garden
Government House Garden
Government House Garden
Government House Garden
The Arbor

‘The Arbor’ uses the notion of the weaving to represent the program’s ambition of assisting the assimilation of new migrant women into the Melbourne community, a common feminine crafting technique indigenous to the communities that many of the women represent and the way that plants take over structures as they reach towards the sun.

Arbors are pervasive throughout their design, and can be seen forming an entry archway, an extensive shade structure and a central pergola which is wrapped in the old metal gates from the original 19th century garden that occupied the same space; paying homage to the unique heritage of the site.

Government House Garden
Government House Garden
Government House Garden
Government House Garden
Government House Garden

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