wunggurrwil dhurrung

Award in Sustainable Architecture
Victorian Architecture Awards 2020

Professional Excellence in Building Award
AIB Victorian & Tasmanian Professional Excellence Awards 2020

Professional Excellence in Building Award
AIB National Professional Excellence Awards 2020

REALMstudios, in collaboration with Gresley Abas and Gregory Burgess Architects, worked across a deeply consultative program to develop the design for Wunggurrwil Dhurrung in Wyndham, an Aboriginal Community and Integrated Family Centre.  Through a process of engagement and design, involving community and traditional owners, the project brought together; the site’s deeper connections to Country, its stories and its meaning, to form an outcome immediately identifiable to its intended community, successfully avoiding a tokenistic or emblematic design response.
 

Further, to connect site to Country, Realm worked closely with acclaimed plantsman Paul Thompson and water specialist Dr Peter Breen to form a scientific nexus between planting, water and place, where passive water management gives rise to a range of landscape types and seasonal plantings. Intermittent streams and their associated landscapes are designed as playful landscape elements supported by passive watering systems of capture and release from tanked roofscape water, where water is released over longer periods to mimic more gentle and  extended rainfall patterns as part of negotiating a broader changing climate phenomena.

This project represents best practice in environmentally sustainable architecture. The project champions a triple bottom line approach, fulfilling a comprehensive social response and excellent environmental credentials within a highly constrained budget. The implementation of sustainable outcomes through early engagement with the traditional owners are a highlight of the project, where strong aboriginal leadership and collaboration has resulted in a positive transformation of the site and setting a benchmark for future sustainable development. The jury applauds this project as an outstanding example of respect and sustainability.  -  Award Citation

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Awards

Professional Excellence in Building Award, AIB Victorian & Tasmanian Professional Excellence Awards 2020

Professional Excellence in Building Award, AIB National Professional Excellence Awards 2020

Sustainable Architecture, Victorian Architecture Awards 2020

Location

Wyndham, Victoria

Year

2016 - Ongoing

Status

Under construction

Client

Wyndham City Council

Collaborators
Gresley Abhas Architects, 
Gregory Burgess Architects, 
Paul Thompson (Planting),
Dr Peter Breen (E2DesignLab), 
Vicki Couzens (Indigenous artist)

Design Team

Jon Shinkfield, Greg Teague, Tom Inwood, Brett Schreurs

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