Architecture: ‘Growing Up’ Green Roof

Oct 1, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Dianna Snape
  • Designer
  • Architect BENT Architecture

‘Head for the Hill’ is the world’s first fully funded, competition designed, retro-fitted green roof.

The project was initiated by the Committee for Melbourne’s ‘Future Focus Group’ in response to their ‘Future Map 2030 Climate Change Taskforce’ recommendation to increase Melbourne’s resilience to climate change by installing green roofs on city buildings. An open design competition, chaired by the Victorian Government Architect, was held in 2009, and industry leaders and suppliers were called upon to provide financial and in-kind support.

‘Head for the Hill’ explores the environmental, social and spatial potential of a green roof. The scheme proposes a central landscaped hill, around which a singular circulation zone expands and contracts to create a number of gathering spaces of various scales and orientations. Bound by edges of seating and planting, inhabitants are to be completely surrounded by greenery along a continuous experience of the roof. Traditional garden structures, such as a folly, gazebo and terracing, create diversity along the journey. ‘Head for the Hill’ creates an oasis within the city – a place that is both connected to and protected from its surrounds.

The rooftop includes a dedicated planting zone for Melbourne University scientists to analyse green roof performance data.

Team Merran Porjazoski, Paul Porjazoski, Louisa Macleod, Fiona Lew

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