PLATYPUS EXHIBIT

Client: Zoos Victoria

Collaboration: Gregory Burgess Architects

Location: Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria

Completion Date: 1996

Construction budget: N.A

Awards

1996 - AILA (National) Project Award, Design Category

1995 - RAIA (VIC) Award of Merit, Institutional Category

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Project Title: Platypus Exhibit

The Australian platypus is now at home in a restored creek at Healesville Sanctuary.

The landscape and building weave effortlessly among each other as the organic forms of the structure intertwine with the creek and indigenous trees. Starting from a degraded pond site, this exhibit is now the showcase of the Healesville Sanctuary.

The brief for the World of the Platypus Exhibit called for an environment in which the platypus could be viewed in conditions as close to its natural habitat as possible. The concept design conjured the quiet, intimate world of the platypus as a challenging act of theatre, and proposed an integrated approach where landscape, building and display sought to awaken Sanctuary visitors to a fresh awareness of being part of, and caring for the natural world.

The project involved extensive planting research to artistically interpret the creek environs. Pedestrian movement systems and consideration of tourist needs in landscape interpretation were also important design outcomes.

To the delight of all the elusive platypus recolonised in the creek within a year of project completion.

'A sensitive integration of building and landscape results in an appropriate and well-designed solution characterised by applaudable design restraint'.

Jury Citation. AILA 1996 National Award for Design - Building Settings

PLATYPUS EXHIBIT

images Map

Project Title: Platypus Exhibit

The Australian platypus is now at home in a restored creek at Healesville Sanctuary.

The landscape and building weave effortlessly among each other as the organic forms of the structure intertwine with the creek and indigenous trees. Starting from a degraded pond site, this exhibit is now the showcase of the Healesville Sanctuary.

The brief for the World of the Platypus Exhibit called for an environment in which the platypus could be viewed in conditions as close to its natural habitat as possible. The concept design conjured the quiet, intimate world of the platypus as a challenging act of theatre, and proposed an integrated approach where landscape, building and display sought to awaken Sanctuary visitors to a fresh awareness of being part of, and caring for the natural world.

The project involved extensive planting research to artistically interpret the creek environs. Pedestrian movement systems and consideration of tourist needs in landscape interpretation were also important design outcomes.

To the delight of all the elusive platypus recolonised in the creek within a year of project completion.

'A sensitive integration of building and landscape results in an appropriate and well-designed solution characterised by applaudable design restraint'.

Jury Citation. AILA 1996 National Award for Design - Building Settings

Client: Zoos Victoria

Collaboration: Gregory Burgess Architects

Location: Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria

Completion Date: 1996

Construction budget: N.A

Awards

1996 - AILA (National) Project Award, Design Category

1995 - RAIA (VIC) Award of Merit, Institutional Category