Sustainability was the key focus in the 2014 redevelopment of the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, with the challenge to reduce its impact on the environment through design and function. The visitor centre was reimagined with a green facade and passive temperature control measures. The cooling system consists of a rock store beneath the floor that retains cool temperatures, natural ventilation through open windows and fans, and the green facade, which cools the exterior. The windows were located so as to maximise natural light and reduce the need for electrical lighting.
Photo credit: Nils Koenning Photography. Architect: City of Melbourne.