2012 Premier’s Design Award winner is this educational discovery center designed by MvS Architects, overlooking the ecologically rich Carum Carrum swamp in Australia.
This educational discovery centre located adjacent to a Ramsar listed wetlands is a fl agship ESD project for Melbourne Water doubling as a bird hide. Perched overlooking a remnant of the once extensive and ecologically rich Carum Carrum swamp this building provides an interpretive experience for visitors to understand the vital and complex
history and workings of this urban wetland and its role in the watercycle.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 attracts an equivalent of 6 Green Stars. The Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre was awarded an Australian Institute of Architects award for Public Architecture
in June 2012, a Master Builders Association Award in August 2012 and the Premier’s Design Award in September 2012.