About the project
The Burnley Living Roofs is a world-class green roof research and education facility – the first of its kind in Australia.
The University of Melbourne established the purpose-designed green roofs to support the full spectrum of activities undertaken by their Green Infrastructure Research Group; and to demonstrate to the wider community how green transformations can be achieved in our cities.
There are three separate roofs, each with a specific function, that collectively allow the University to continue their pioneering research, and provide information and advice that will also inform new guidelines on the design and implementation of green roofs in Australian conditions.
Hidden from public view, the Research Roof is a testing space with variable trial plots allowing concurrent horticulture, water quality and insulation experiments. Similarly, the sheltered Biodiversity Roof uses indigenous plants to create urban habitat and encourage colonisation.
In contrast, the Demonstration Roof – the facility’s integral exhibition and education space – seeks attention and visitation, with a blatantly bold design that provides an engaging living forum for the promotion of green infrastructure and sustainable development.
Photography by Peter Bennetts
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