WERRIBEE WATERSMART

Client: Zoos Victoria

Collaboration: David Lancashire

Location: Werribee, Victoria

Completion Date: 2008

Construction budget: N.A

Photography: Ben Wrigley

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Project Title: Werribee Watersmart

David Lancashire design engaged Taylor Cullity Lethlean to collaborate on the ‘Watersmart Demonstration Garden’, located adjacent to the Werribee Zoo. It displayed an interpretative journey through the Wetlands of the Werribee River.

The Watersmart Garden aimed ‘to educate the wider community about how they can be watersmart at home in their garden’ and engage them in taking ‘a role in securing Victoria’s water future’. The Wetlands, which had an already established boardwalk, required ‘engaging, robust interpretation with minimal built form’.

The interpretive approach situates the individual in the global context. At the entry a large ‘unravelled watertank’ is a metaphor for the lack of water in communities all over the earth. The use of yellow signage throughout the landscape works on several levels: a ‘call to action’, clear, direct and optimistic.

The Watersmart Garden in reality is a number of garden types focussing of conserving and collecting water, each framed by rusting steel screens perforated with rain patterns. The yellow signage leads the visitor further, through the Wetlands, where beautiful bronze, half-hidden creatures delight and surprise.


WERRIBEE WATERSMART

images Map

Project Title: Werribee Watersmart

David Lancashire design engaged Taylor Cullity Lethlean to collaborate on the ‘Watersmart Demonstration Garden’, located adjacent to the Werribee Zoo. It displayed an interpretative journey through the Wetlands of the Werribee River.

The Watersmart Garden aimed ‘to educate the wider community about how they can be watersmart at home in their garden’ and engage them in taking ‘a role in securing Victoria’s water future’. The Wetlands, which had an already established boardwalk, required ‘engaging, robust interpretation with minimal built form’.

The interpretive approach situates the individual in the global context. At the entry a large ‘unravelled watertank’ is a metaphor for the lack of water in communities all over the earth. The use of yellow signage throughout the landscape works on several levels: a ‘call to action’, clear, direct and optimistic.

The Watersmart Garden in reality is a number of garden types focussing of conserving and collecting water, each framed by rusting steel screens perforated with rain patterns. The yellow signage leads the visitor further, through the Wetlands, where beautiful bronze, half-hidden creatures delight and surprise.


Client: Zoos Victoria

Collaboration: David Lancashire

Location: Werribee, Victoria

Completion Date: 2008

Construction budget: N.A

Photography: Ben Wrigley