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Penguin Parade Phillip Island Visitor Centre

Award-winning and sustainable centre design attracts tourists and revenue for Victoria’s eco-tourism hot-spot

  • $58M

    Project Value

  • Melbourne, Victoria

    Melbourne, Victoria

Award-winning and sustainable centre design attracts tourists and revenue for Victoria’s eco-tourism hot-spot

The penguins on Phillip Island have a brand new visitor centre to replace their aging facility. The phenomenal community asset can accommodate an additional 100,000 visitors a year to experience a close up of Australia’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Situated within wetlands, dunes and the headlands of the Summerland Peninsula, the modern, environmentally sustainable centre presents a range of interactive events for all ages.

The star-shaped centre features a sleek concrete and timber fit-out with high timber-panelled ceilings, and expansive windows overlooking the penguin environment. An interpretive habitat space offers a penguin’s eye-view of the world along with an education wing, state-of-the-art theatre, dining and retail options. Aiming to achieve zero energy and zero carbon consumption, sustainability initiatives included energy efficient lighting and building fabric, reverse air-cooled cycle chillers for air conditioning, and is powered by solar energy.

The economical and sustainable design will safeguard the Penguin Parade visitor experience for future generations while raising revenue for vital research, environment and education programs.

At a Glance

Offices
Architect
Terroir
Awards
William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, Victorian Architecture Awards 2020, AIA
Regional Prize Victorian Architecture Awards 2020, Australian Institute of Architects
Meet Our Team

Tim Mansfield, Associate Director, Structural Section Manager

My goal is to achieve an economical and practical design solution that allows my clients to realize their vision for the final development.
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Cormac Kelly, Associate Director, Sustainability Section Manager

My aim is to understand the occupant’s needs and develop an environment that meets those needs in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
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Daniel Castro, Principal, Acoustic Section Manager/Australian Discipline Leader

We help you achieve an optimum balance between acoustic technical accuracy and cost-effective solutions.
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Nick Randell, Principal, Mechanical Project Engineer

I enjoy those challenging projects where the engineering must be tailored to suit operations and the client’s goals.
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Jean Paul Kirkland, Specialist Lighting Project Engineer

I feel at home on any lighting assignment and provide comprehensive outcomes by balancing creative and technical lighting design solutions.
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Tim Mansfield

Associate Director, Structural Section Manager

Cormac Kelly

Associate Director, Sustainability Section Manager

Daniel Castro

Principal, Acoustic Section Manager/Australian Discipline Leader

Nick Randell

Principal, Mechanical Project Engineer

Jean Paul Kirkland

Specialist Lighting Project Engineer

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