Shark Bay, WA
Woodhead International’s $7.7 million centre is a collection of simple polished concrete boxes, subtly highlighted with titanium zinc cladding, copper fascia and glass. Nothing too flashy: it’s the landscape and the nature that’s on show here. The rustic, earthy materials speak also of a sturdy endurance in the face of inevitable change. It is due to the relatively untouched nature of Shark Bay’s landscape and ecosystem that the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre exists at all.