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Indigenous Acknowledgement

We are proud to acknowledge The Yalukit Wilam Clan of the Boon Wurrung people as the traditional owners of the land on which this building stands and we respectfully recognize elders past and present.

Green roof plants

Fytogreen has a wonderful botanist, Erik van Zuilekom, who designed the plants on our roof. Our main objective was to have a natural indigenous landscape designed to be as self sustaining as possible. The only aesthetic instruction was a meadow… Continue Reading →

Green roof videos

Constructing the Green Roof:   Roof Membrane Time Lapse:

The green roof plan

After much deliberation and some great design work from our resident architect Stuart, we finalised our green roof plan. We came up with a plan to achieve a combination of sustainability and usability outcomes, be within our budget (just) and… Continue Reading →

Building our green roof photos

Thanks for reading this blog.  If you have any questions we will be happy to assist. Please spread the word to inspire others to consider greening a roof to benefit our well being and the planet. If you have a… Continue Reading →

Our green roof team

Here is a list of all the people working on our Green Roof. We appreciate their contribution to build our utopia. Green Roof Specialist Geoff Heard and Stuart Tyler from Fytogreen Australia 3 Webbs Lane, Somerville, Victoria, 3912 +61 3… Continue Reading →

Introduction – Our green roof story

Sticky post

Welcome to 38 Westbury Street. This Website was established to document the retrofitting of a green roof on our 1950’s apartment block in St Kilda East. We hope it will provide useful information for anyone looking to take on a… Continue Reading →

Benefits of a green roof

In addition to being a nice place to spend time outdoors, green roofs make the built environment more sustainable. A green roof reduces storm water run-off, increases the quality of water run-off, reduces flash flooding, reduces the heat generated from… Continue Reading →

Extreme gardening on the 92nd floor of the Eureka Tower

The Age has today run a story on the viability of using air plants on the tallest buildings on Melbourne’s city skyline as part of studies into greening the CBD. Interesting article and while we haven’t looked at air plants, it covers a… Continue Reading →

Architect Mordechai Benshemesh

38 Westbury Street was designed by acclaimed modernist architect Mordechai Benshemesh in 1951. He is well known for designing Melbourne landmarks including one of Melbourne’s first large scale modernist apartment blocks, Edgewater Towers in St Kilda. Following is a brief… Continue Reading →

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