REALMstudios in collaboration with Gresley Abas and Gregory Burgess Architects have worked in a highly collaborative and consultative process to develop the design for the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre (WACC) and Integrated Family Centre (IFC), now called Wunggurrwil Dhurrung. Through an engagement and design, involving community and traditional owners, we have brought together the site's former histories, its stories and its meaning into something that is immediately identifiable to its intended community and that avoids a tokenistic or emblematic design response.
The resultant building and landscape respond to prevailing site conditions and work together as a series of connected places for nature play, respite, healing and growing, utilising light, wind, water and biodiversity to achieve a seasonally responsive outcome. The shared project vision positions the project to connect its community with Country.
Further, to connect the landscape to Country we have worked closely with Paul Thompson and Dr Peter Breen to form a scientific nexis between planting, water and place, where passive water management is central to the landscape expression and seasonal success of the plantings. Intermittent streams and water (being held back in the landscape as soaks) are typical of the landscape approach across the site.
The central 'heart' of the project is both landscape and architecture, a place of focus and calm, with artist Vicki Couzens reflective piece integrated at its core.
The project is due for completion mid 2019.
2016 - Ongoing
Wyndham City Council
Gresley Abhas Architects,
Gregory Burgess Architects,
Paul Thompson (Planting),
Dr Peter Breen (E2DesignLab),
Vicki Couzens (Indigenous artist)
Jon Shinkfield, Greg Teague, Tom Inwood, Brett Schreurs