Port Phillip EcoCentre

The new Port Phillip Ecocentre is a community education and research centre set within the St Kilda Botanic Gardens, designed as an exemplary environmental facility.

The project accommodates several classes of school children and staff, and is designed to Passivhaus principles to be carbon negative across its life cycle.  Using cross-laminated timber and other readily available proven technologies, it will act as a pedagogical tool for school children, citizen scientists and visitors to the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

Designed to operate with net zero energy and water usage, the project is also targeting a 6 Star GBCA Green Star (as-built) rating. The building is embedded within the gardens and camouflaged from views within the gardens with indegenous planting.  The building consists of a multi-purpose space, meeting rooms and commercial kitchen as well as a citizen science area and staff offices.  The specification of timber within the building has been scrutinised to ensure the provenance of the timber is not impacting biodiversity where it is farmed.  The structure, services and materials used all aim to provide a ‘net positive’ effect on the environment.

Client City of Port Phillip
Project EcoCentre
Location St Kilda Botanic Gardens
Traditional Land Owners  Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation 
Sustainability  Targeting 6 star Green star, Net zero carbon building, Passive house 
Area 500 sqm