Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, Philip Island Nature Parks, Victoria Building, Australian Modern Architecture Photos

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre on Philip Island

6 Dec 2021

Architecture: Terroir

Location: Philip Island Nature Parks, Victoria, Australia

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Philip Island
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 Penguin Parade Visitor Centre must balance the twin ambitions of eco-tourism and conservation.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Vic

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Philip Island

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre

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.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Vic

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Vic

Clad externally in zinc, the weathering power of this rugged coast will in time etch itself onto the Centre’s abstract form.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Philip Island

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.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Philip Island

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Philip Island

This project provides the opportunity to house a group of visitors with expanded agendas and interests, while simultaneously addressing the disjunction between the logistical pressures of a high-volume event space and the intimacy of encountering a small penguin in its natural habitat. Circulation is the primary element upon which a larger spatial system is developed.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Philip Island

Here, the system extends from the carpark, through the building and down a boardwalk (also being redeveloped) to the beach where the penguins come ashore.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Philip Island

The path is supported by other programs at various points along its length and, as it passes through the building, is elaborated via a series of seats, desks and thresholds into other parts of the building.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Vic

These elaborations form the third space – a suite of elements that, in their thickening of the circulation experience, also serve to slow it down, focus it, and ultimately prepare visitors for their encounter with the little penguins of Phillip Island.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Philip Island

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Philip Island

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Philip Island

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, Philip Island Nature Parks, Victoria – Building Information

Architects: Terroir

Completion date: 2019

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Vic

Photography: Peter Bennetts and John Gollings

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, Philip Island images / information received 061221

Location: Philip Island, Victoria, Australia

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