Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
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ESWDC wins Premier's Design Award
20th September 2012


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State Government press release

Last night the Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre as the winner of the prestigious Premier's Design Award.

A local, national and international jury of designers assessed entrants from all categories of design and ultimately rewarding our exemplary design and use of sustainable design principles.

“Commissioned by Melbourne Water and designed by Minifie van Schaik Architects, the Centre is one of the avenues through which Melbourne Water addresses its role and responsibility for the ecological management of Melbourne's waterways.

The interior contains an interpretive gallery that offers views of the wetlands through panoramic windows. The windows have been carefully designed to minimise vision into the building, and sloped to ensure that external reflections are always of the ground, never of the sky, to avoid confusing the birds and causing injury.

The Centre addresses sustainability through a range of different systems rendering it almost carbon neutral. Water harvested on site is used throughout making it independent of the sewerage system. Electricity is locally generated through solar panels and, using a highly insulated thermal mass, the Centre is passively heated and cooled.

The design and construction of the Centre were managed to ensure that the bird habitat and wetlands were protected. A key element of which involved doing the bulk of the construction during autumn and winter to avoid disturbing birds that migrate to the area during the warmer months.

The sustainable aspects of the Centre are both apparent and unified with the aesthetic intention of the building.”

- Jury citation.