Somerville Police Station
The brief called for a new facility for 150 staff, 83 relocated from existing police stations in the region and 67 new staff to meet the operational needs of a growing community.
The site is characterized by its natural environment. Located at a key intersection and bounded by residential homes, the design considers its context and character whilst providing a civic presence.
Location Somerville Victoria
Client Victoria Police
Floor Levels 2
Category Public / Community / Civic
Photography Peter Clarke
The building is sited to conserve existing trees, its curving shape informed by the natural contours.
The ground floor is a solid precast concrete structure to provide a sense of permanence and protection. The star-shaped form of the upper level is intended to reference Victoria Police’s five core values and reach out to the community. The Corten steel cladding responds to the colour of fallen leaves and the pine cones of local trees.