Petcare Centre


Wodonga, Victoria




Interior Design
Workplace Strategy and Design
Landscape design
Design team management


The MARS Petcare Centre in Wodonga is a unique facility designed to house cats and dogs for the research and routine testing of pet foods that puts animal welfare as the highest priority.  The facility was also designed to be certified as a Quarantine Approved Premise to allow the testing of pet food imported from overseas and include the capability to isolate dogs and cats in separate areas.

In developing this facility, MARS Petcare understood the potential perception issues with an animal testing facility, so the design needed to communicate very openly that this facility has the pets’ best interests at heart.

Integrated and open

Our design response creates a highly visible facility, located at the entry to their main site in Wodonga. Through considering each element of their operations, we conceived of a design that built on openness. We developed the idea of green roofs – not just for people, but for pets too. Instead of putting the dog pens and training yards at the back of the facility, they became an integral and visible part of the design, flowing over the top of the building to create sculptural mounds, pierced by skylights that bring an abundance of natural light to the rooms underneath.

Reflecting corporate identity

The design showcases and reflects the MARS Petcare Mission of “Making a Better World for Pets” and MARS Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom.

A MARS point of difference

In line with MARS’s principle of Freedom, the design of the building expresses a point of difference from other competitors, showcasing how MARS stands apart.