Penguins Plus viewing area by Tract Consultants with Wood Marsh Architecture
Tourism: Award of Excellence
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Penguins Plus is a highly site-specific project on Phillip Island’s spectacular coast, in which the visitor experience is dominated by the quality of the environment and the appeal of the fauna. A contoured structure with a curved boardwalk and stepped viewing area sits sympathetically in the coastal landscape, providing a wide range of visitor viewing options, while the improved lighting system reduces the impact on the penguin habitat.
This project has clearly been informed by the comprehensive Summerland Peninsula Master Plan as well as a design guideline manual.
The work is beautifully detailed and provides a replicable prototype for the development of other components of this fragile landscape in the future. This project successfully demonstrates the way a well-structured and values-driven design process can transform organizational thinking and practice for public agencies.