The Shire Council and the Yea Wetlands Trust require a multi-purpose building that can serve the needs of the community, education, and also tourism in Yea. Designed by Zen Architects, Wetlands Discovery Centre is built with a versatile design approach and a broad, sweeping curve that represents a striking beacon for new visitors.
The brief of this project needs a versatile design approach to allow the building to perform as an environmental education center for students and also an information center for visitors to Yea. This building is adjacent to the point at which the freeway becomes the main street of Yea and situated on the edge of the wetlands.
The position of this building allows it to act as a gateway to the wetlands and town. In order to respond to the site, the building’s outside form appears like a natural extension of the wetlands that can be seen easily. The building’s broad, sweeping curve is also visible from the freeway.
The building’s broad, sweeping curve represents a striking beacon to the wetlands for new visitors. The building’s inner side can frame a natural amphitheater to provide a sanctuary for visitors. This sanctuary is protected from the road’s noise and also opens up to the wetlands.
Wetlands Discovery Centre, Yea Gallery
Photographer: Emma Cross