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Westbury Street Rooftop Garden

Architect: Mordechai Benshemesh (architect) 1951, Stuart Swann and Fytogreen (green roof) 2015

Inner South | IS14

Building Description

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.

What's On

Residents will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions and show people around the rooftop on an ad-hoc basis.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 July 10am–3.45pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Access: Pram accessible, all ages.

  • Building Type: Landscape

  • Architecture Era: Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)

  • Transport: Tram stop 40: Alma Rd/Chapel St on route 78, Tram Stop 34: Westbury St/Dandenong Rd, on routes 5 and 64

  • Photo Credit: Tamsin O'Neill

Location

38 Westbury Street, St Kilda East, St Kilda VIC

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