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Posted on 13/07/2020 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Penguin Parade wins prestigious Architecture Awards 

Almost one year after opening, Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade visitor centre has taken out two prestigious awards at the 2020 Victorian Architecture Awards at a digital ceremony held on Friday 10 July.

The Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, designed by Terroir, won The William Wardell Award for Public Architecture along with the Regional Prize.

The centre is in prestigious company with other landmark projects across the State, and is a great win for Phillip Island.

The Australian Institute of Architects who presented the awards said: “The new Visitor Centre for the Penguin Parade carries the ambitions of this tourism and conservation program across iconographic, experiential and functional contexts.”

“Outstanding design, as showcased by the projects recognised in these awards, is about much more than simple aesthetics. It is about creating resilient, sustainable and adaptive places, sensitive to their context that will be fit for purpose and serve our communities not just today, but for decades to come.”

The star-shaped building sits between three distinct landscapes on the Summerland Peninsula, the site of a historic buy-back scheme which saw an entire residential estate bought back and returned to wildlife habitat. The centre’s architectural inspiration and form combine elements of the Peninsula’s basalt bluff, coastal dunes, and wetlands.

The spectacular architectural design has received recognition since its launch, impressing both the local community and visitors from around the world. It was also acknowledged internationally, taking out the 2019 International Architecture Awards in the Parks and Gardens category, out of a field of over 380 submissions from 41 countries.

“We are delighted that the Penguin Parade visitor centre’s architecture has been recognised in this way,” said Phillip Island Nature Parks’ CEO, Catherine Basterfield.
“The visitor experience has been significantly enhanced by the new centre, not only in terms of its vastly improved function and facilities, but also in its form. The striking nature of the overall design as well as the finer elements, make a distinct impression on our visitors.”

“I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the following people on this well-deserved award: Scott Balmforth (Terroir – Principle and Director), Dave McPeak (Terroir – Associate), (Tristan Forster – Kane Joint Managing Director), Ben Barrett (Kane – Project Manager), Gareth Phillips (AECOM Project Manager) and Damian Prendergast (Nature Parks Project Manager).”

The Penguin Parade visitor centre development was made possible through the generous support of the Andrews Labor Government with funding of $48.2M, with an additional $10M contributed by Phillip Island Nature Parks, a self-funded not for profit organisation. The visitor centre was opened to the public on Thursday 25 July 2019.


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