Greater Shepparton, 2014

This project was the opportunity to go beyond the trading nature of a food hub. It was rather to considerate it as being a place that centralizes local food services, provides food education programs and enhances community spirit. In short, a social place for making connections, improving business and creating an enhanced food community.

The architecture is opened and organized around generous exterior spaces. The program is mixed. it comprises a cafe, learning rooms, and administrative functions.
The building Introduces nook and crannies inviting people to seat and meet each other.
The wide eaves over the central deck has two functions. First, it provides shelter and protects from the summer sun all in letting the winter sun enter the edifice. They also create a wide variety of subspaces from high and bright to protected and intimate. Many ways in short to suggest social places for making connections.


– internal rammed earth thermal mass wall

– PV panels

– heat recovery system
Type: Food Hub with education functions.

Location: Greater Shepparton

76,000m2 of predominantly open pasture land with some scattered copses of native trees
Building 1400m2 with exterior amenities

Challenges: how to reinvent the concept of food hub? How to create an architecture favorable for making connections, improving business and creating an enhanced food community?

Building Star Rating: TBC

Features: Shop, community learning center, community classrooms, meeting rooms, staff rooms, generous decks


Hot water: sanden energy efficient hot water heat pump

Water Saving: 2 x 50,000 L  water tanks, grey water devision to garden

Passive Design: Strategic window north facing to bring light into the whole building, deciduous planting. Where the plan is deeper the highlight windows bring the light and warmth deep into the space. Minimized east/west glazing, operable windows located for cross ventilation, high thermal mass in rammed earth and living slab.

Building materials: Rammed earth, Australian hardwood timber cladding stained, high levels of insulation to proposed and existing, steel framing minimized

Windows: Timber double glazed windows

Active Heating & Cooling: MHRV (Mechanical Heat-Recovery Ventilation), Ceiling fans, Woodheater

Lighting: Daylight maximised , LED fittings

Paints, finishes & floor coverings: Tectinic floor boards, low VOC paint throughout, external blinds shade doors & windows where necessary

Renewable Energy: Solar PV system

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