Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
Wetlands Discovery Centre opens
18th November 2011

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This week the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre was officially unveiled, giving key stakeholders their first opportunity to see inside the $4.9 million building. The education centre offers school and community groups a unique vantage point to study and appreciate the flora and fauna of the area, which each year is home to migrating birds from as far away as Siberia

Built atop urban wetlands in Melbourne's south east, Minifie van Schaik designed the building – owned and operated by Melbourne Water – to merge with the landscape, causing minimal impact on the ecology of the site and complying with the requirements of its RAMSAR listing. As MvS director Jan van Schaik said, the building is “designed to be another inhabitant of the wetlands.”

The Centre was officially opened by the Victorian Member for Carrum, Donna Bauer MP and Chris Chesterfield, Melbourne Water's General Manager for Waterways. The MvS team were in attendance, sporting orange nails to match the bright underside of the building.

The Centre will begin operation in early 2012, hosting programs for school and community groups.

View photographs from the opening