Visitor Centre Victoria 2003

Lake Mountain is 2 hours from Melbourne. It has no downhill skiing and no accommodation. It hosts a large number of day visitors who come to see snow, ride a toboggan and ski the cross country trails. Until the new visitors centre was built, there were few facilities or public shelters.

This project was the winning design from a shortlist of submissions. The sloped shape turns its back on the large car park to face the toboggan run. Lake Mountain is at low altitude so the roof was designed to control snow shed for harvesting and relocation. The northern side holds resort administration, alpine interpretive centre, restaurants, visitor shelters and viewing platforms opening to the toboggan run. It remains unbuilt having failed to survive ‘value management’ substituted for a chalet-shed.


Client: Lake Mountain Resort Management Board

StructuralEngineer: Tattersall Engineering Consultants

Landscape: Marie-Laure Hoedemakers