A place for research, conservation and tourism, linking three fragile landscapes
As its managers, Philip Island Nature Parks (a not-for-profit organisation) is a pre-eminent authority on care for penguins and their habitat, so this Visitor Centre must balance the twin ambitions of eco-tourism and conservation.
The Centre forms a nexus between the dunes, headland and wetland, linking all three delicate landscapes, while responding specifically to each, both formally and experientially. Clad externally in zinc, the weathering power of this rugged coast will in time etch itself onto the Centre’s abstract form. Splayed in different directions towards beach, headband and wetland, its tough, self-finishing outer shell is matched inside by exposed structural timbers lined with plywood.
Terroir’s design of the building has enriched the visitor experience in multiple ways, enabling Nature Parks to go a long way to realising its vision through the design of the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.Catherine BasterfieldCEO, Phillip Island Nature Parks
"Third Space" Diagram
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