VISITOR FACILITIES IN VICTORIAN NATIONAL PARKS: AN INVESTIGATION OF USER PERCEPTION AND DESIGN GUIDELINES

  • YEAR
    2000
  • AUTHORS
    Fullerton, Rebecca Louise
  • CATEGORIES
    2000 Conference Papers
    Sustainable design and case studies

Extract

National Parks in Victoria are managed for the conservation of natural ecosystems and public recreation. Part
of this management includes the provision of facilities for visitor convenience and comfort. Victorian
guidelines for the design of facilities state that buildings should be ‘harmonious’ with the environment,
however these guidelines lack definition and do not show an understanding of how visitors perceive
facilities.
A social survey undertaken demonstrates the visitors’ perception of facilities and examines the question:
‘What do visitors perceive as ‘harmonious’ in terms of a building’s appearance with the surrounding
landscape?’ The survey found that not all existing buildings are perceived to be harmonious despite being
built under the guidelines.

Recommendations are given to assist managers and designers interpret the guidelines concerning the
appearance of facilities in Victorian National Parks. It is proposed that buildings should appear to be an
integral part of the site and relate to the immediate surroundings. Various techniques of how to achieve this
are given in relation to a sense of place, building materials, colours, scale, form, texture, roof design, views
and landscaping.

PDF

Download
To top