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Warrandyte Police Station, Warrandyte, Australia 
Friday 29 Aug 2008
Green Mile 
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Recently short listed for the world architecture festival award, Warrandyte Police Station takes a green approach. 

The overall form of the building was afforded through a simple massaging of the program arrangement. Maintaining a key functional relationship, this also achieves a form that responds to the adjacent conditions. The aim was to provide an identity with a luxurious face of lustrous green glazed bricks on an otherwise minimal concrete block shell.

Kerstin Thompson architects chose to present the police force as less formidable, resisting the typically fortress-like language of other stations, while maintaining a civic presence. Instead, Warrandyte is almost anthropomorphic, with its bent plan and green, furry skin. The ramp is a welcoming gesture to the street, while the generous interior spaces offer a sense of home for all users. The green bricks register the suburb’s identity, dominated by bush landscape. Their glazed surface reflects the landscape and provides a backdrop for the indigenous planting of green and gold.

There is a clear hierarchy to the elevations. The main façade suggests a sense of address and a face; the west façade incorporates timber louvers that shield against the afternoon light while capturing river and bush views for the workspaces behind. The northern elevation is the most domestic; modest and conventional, it is in-keeping with the hierarchy of facades.

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