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2016 Winner - Built Environment

38 Westbury Street

Green Roof in the City

A committed and talented group of St Kilda East residents formed to turn their 1950s apartment building walk-on rooftop from a wasted urban space into a stunning green roof. The new retrofitted garden and leisure space offers not only a sanctuary for the residents but simple sustainable solutions to assist with water management, resource efficiency and energy savings.

The rooftop, previously used solely for hanging up washing, has been designed to reduce storm water run-off, retain rainwater in the substrate and increase the quality of water run-off whilst reducing flash flooding. The green roof absorbs heat and provides insulation – lowering energy bills, absorbs sound pollution and traps the distribution of pollutants – improving air quality.

The communal space has reconnected people to nature and strengthened the community. The 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 and encourage other residents in that hope that more green roofs will populate the urban environment.

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