Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
Australian Institute Award for Public Architecture
29th June 2012

MvS Architects win an Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter award

read about the project on our website

We are moved and honoured to have received an Australian Institute of Architects award for Public Architecture for the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre. Thank-you to the many people who helped bring this project to fruition.

Jury citation:
“Situated at the edge of the Edithvale wetlands, the Discovery Centre appears to the approaching visitor like a strange creature perched above the swamp grass. The external grey concrete is cast with a deep pattern of water ripples, appearing like ornate camouflage. Windows are raked to avoid reflections that may cause confusion to the birdlife. A blast of orange below and to the side window is intended to mimic some of the local plumage. Ventilation cowls populate the rooftop and draw natural ventilation through floor vents internally.

Inside, the single predominant space is designed for educating school groups about the swamp's history and its importance to the local water cycle. The space opens out towards the elevated view of the wetlands and its internationally significant flora and fauna. Each window is focused on a particular external condition, from the main panorama to a specific nesting site. The eccentric window forms add to the sense of discovery, promising visitors the potential to find another unexpected vantage point at any moment. The proliferation of ideas makes for a strong experience, both on approach and also within this expanded and enlarged hide.”