Rather than providing a typical Centre, where Interpretation is displayed independent of its setting, TERROIR conceived this project as a sequence of authentic experiences that are focused on key thematic responses to the site, commensurate with the world's best interpretation practices. The thematic interpretation is delivered along a walkway that embodies a poetic response to the expanding and contracting landscape and allows the visitor to discover the place in an unravelling of the natural and constructed Victorian Landscapes complete with original garden pavilions and tea house and the more recent 1950's Basin Kiosk.
The innovation shown in the project occured across a number of fields. At an ESD level, the cultural capital of the project itself, the solution of the problem via thematic interpretation and the design not to build a new building are all significant ESD issues.
In terms of design innovation, this project has been highly recognised in international journal articles and architecture biennale exhibitions.
Photography by Ray Joyce