Located in Melbourne, Australia, the Burnley Campus has been designed to include 3 roof gardens designed by Hassell Studio in collaboration with and for the University of Melbourne to include urban horticulture research and a beautiful setting for people to enjoy.
There are 3 different roof gardens that each has its own function; a demonstration roof, a research roof and a biodiversity roof.
The demonstration roof includes an exhibition and interpretive garden designed around a circular walkway with bright red seating zones.
The demonstration roof is a wedge shape with a shallow and a deep end.
The variety of plants within the demonstration roof creates their own bright palette of colours when in bloom.
What an awesome example of what can be achieved when designing roof gardens.
The demonstration roof is an asymmetrical design created not only to be beautiful but to be user friendly as well.
The research roof is segmented into four areas for multiple and concurrent experiments, the four areas are. Here the horticulturalists study the impact and quality of vegetation with watered by storm water run off and the insulate effects the the landscaping brings to the inner volumes.
The biodiversity roof monitors the effects of the roofs altitude both for the vegetation habitat and that of the native birds, insects and reptiles that live within the rooftop garden environment. This garden also has a small ephemeral stream created through a pond on a higher roof that has been purposefully directed to drain across the biodiversity roof in a set pattern.
Roof Gardens by Hassell Studio
Photography of Roof Gardens by Peter Bennetts and Les O’Rourke
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