GUNDITJMARA, WELL BEING & CULTURAL CENTRE

WARRNAMBOOL, Victoria

BRIEF

 Dynamic multi purpose Aboriginal community centre incorporating three service areas that cater to the health and wellbeing of the local community, build cultural awareness and provide essential administrative support for the entire facility.

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

The original facilities for the Community Centre sustained fire damage. A feasibility study determined the need to demolish the existing building and construct a new centre that consolidated several disjointed properties into one unified centre that caters to the needs of the local Aboriginal community.  The highly visible site covers 920m2 with a state of the art design that is unique and culturally sympathetic. It encompasses three distinct service areas that are easily accessible to the public: Administration and Human Resources Office; Community and Cultural Centre and Health & Wellbeing Centre. In order to maximise the site, the building was designed on three levels. Indigenous art and culture inspired the external design with organic shapes, colours and textures that reflect nature. For example, the unique curved roof shapes (which resemble Aboriginal shields) are also designed to reflect the undulating landscape and blend into the surrounding environment.