Parks Victoria wanted a head office that spoke to its focus as an organisation – Healthy Parks, Healthy People. The location alongside Albert Park Lake created opportunities to connect the building to the natural environment. Use of raw, natural and innovative materials, fresh air, daylight and high resource efficiency were considered vital.
Parks Victoria received the Architecture Institute of Australia - Victoria Chapter Award for Public Architecture in 2020.
Completed in 2019, the building aims to be zero net energy, generating enough power with the on-site photovoltaic system. Still grid connected, the project committed to purchasing 100% green power to ensure any purchased power is also from 100% renewable sources.
Through use of water tanks and smart plant species choices, the project has been able to achieve 25% of total water use from rainwater collection and reuse.
The Parks Victoria Head Office received the Architecture Institute of Australia Victoria Chapter Award for Public Architecture in 2020.
- Mixed mode conditioning strategy to promote healthier indoor environments
- Life cycle assessment to inform design and construction
- Budget analysis to demonstrate cost/ benefit of initiatives
- 25% of total water use from rainwater collection and reuse
- $13,000 savings on annual utility costs expected
- 56,000kg reduction in annual carbon emissions
- 205,000 litres of potable water saved through rainwater capture and storage