The City of Greater Geelong and Deakin University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment have been working together to rejuvenate the city’s landscape through the Green Roof Competition. The competition invited commercial building owners to explore innovative ways of incorporating rooftop gardens throughout Geelong. Students from Deakin University’s landscape architecture masters program have assisted with the green roof designs and residents were invited to vote for a ‘People’s Choice Award’.

Incorporating gardens on our city’s rooftops helps rejuvenate the landscape making the spaces liveable, sustainable and more productive.  An example of a green roof currently in Geelong, on the top of the GMHBA building in Moorabool St, produces vegetables which are donated to a local food relief organisation. Geelong’s north facing aspect and low-terraced skyline makes our city uniquely placed to become a national leader in green roofs.

The designs were exhibited from 10th January- 8th February at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Little Malop Street, Geelong.

Students  from Deakin University’s Masters program in Landscape Architecture have created rooftop garden designs for five of the six commercial building entrants in the competition, which is proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong’s Future Proofing Geelong program. The entries include:

  • A tenanted warehouse space, Newtown
  • Barwon Water, Central Geelong
  • GMHBA, Central Geelong
  • TAC, Central Geelong
  • T&G Building, Central Geelong
  • The Black Shed, North Geelong

Congratulation to Shivani Bhatnager who received the Flash of Brilliance Award.  The green roof designs will be constructed during summer/autumn 2017.