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Westbury Street Rooftop Garden

Architect: Mordechai Benshemesh (architect), Stuart Swann and Fytogreen (green roof)

South | S10

A modernist 1950s apartment building with a rooftop transformed from a wasted urban space into a stunning green roof. The retrofitted garden and leisure space offers not only a sanctuary for the residents but also simple sustainable solutions which saw it win the Built Environment category in the 2016 Premier's Sustainability Awards. The communal space has reconnected people to nature and strengthened the sense of community. Children now have a place to play, explore the plant life, swing in a hammock and help with the vegetable garden. The impact of the garden has inspired the residents to educate the public on the possibility of retrofitting green roofs.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: Whole of rooftop

  • Special Note: No lift. 3 flights of stairs to access roof

  • Special Programming: Residents will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions and show people around on an ad-hoc basis

  • Building Type: Residential

  • Access: Pram accessible, Able bodied access only

  • Year Built: 1951, 2015

  • Transport: Tram stop 40: Alma Rd/Chapel St on route 78

  • Tour Type: Self-guided

Location

38 Westbury Street, St Kilda East, VIC

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