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Edithvale Seaford Wetlands
Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Architect/Designer: Minifie van Schaik

Client: Discovery Center

Shoot Date:
December 18, 2011
Minifie van Schaik's Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre, for Melbourne Water, is perched overlooking the Edithvale wetlands, a remnant of the once extensive and ecologically rich Carum Carrum swamp - now recognised by a RAMSAR listing for being of international significance.
The discovery centre provides an interpretive experience for visitors to understand the vital and complex history and workings of this urban wetland in general, and its role in the water-cycle in particular.
This centre stands pelican-like above the wetlands rendering it safe from flood waters. A long ramping approach allows the visitor to journey upwards for a view the flora and fauna beyond. Entry is through an airlock comprised of a sculpted internal water storage unit.
The interior contains an interpretive gallery offering views of the wetlands through panoramic windows. The glazing has been carefully designed to minimise vision into the building, and raked to ensure that external reflections are always of the ground, never the sky lest birds terminally confuse reflection for reality.
Windows in the floor of the display centre allow a greeting with the phragmites and diverse wildlife within the fenced wetlands boundary which stretches beneath the conical legs of the building.
Solar panels, heat-pumps, floor-grate supply and passive extraction, double glazing, motion controlled lighting, high levels of insulation and thermal mass together allow building operations to approach carbon neutral. Combined with a composting sewerage system and an internal water storage, the building will attract an equivalent of 6 Green Stars.
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OT115455
Photographer:
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December 20, 2011
Client:
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Discovery Center
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December 20, 2011
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Discovery Center
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Architect/Designer:
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Architect/Designer:
Minifie van Schaik
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Architect/Designer:
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Architect/Designer:
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