Darebin Intercultural Centre | Sibling Architecture

Darebin Intercultural Centre | Sibling Architecture | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Darebin Intercultural Centre | Sibling Architecture

Traditional Land Owners


EmAGN Project Award
Interior Architecture
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Construction and Building Design
Peter Bennetts
Project summary

The Darebin Intercultural Centre is a new community facility established to foster meaningful and constructive inter-racial, inter-cultural, and inter-faith relations between people who live, work and play in Darebin. The Centre is dedicated to the elimination of racism and discrimination in all its forms for the community by providing a safe space where connections and fearless dialogue can occur.

Located in the Darebin Civic Centre, originally built in 1895, the design of the space is intentionally agnostic to specific cultural representations to ensure representation for all. Curvaceous forms throughout the space gesture to the idea of drawing all cultures and the community into the Centre and pushing the centre back out into the community.

The adaptive re-use of the existing building and the vast social benefits that the project promotes will ensure that the Centre remains a dynamic, sustainable, and safe space for future generations of the Darebin community.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – EmAGN Project Award
Shortlist – Interior Architecture
Shortlist – The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (Vic)
Victorian Jury Presentation

Designed in collaboration with Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Traditional Owners and Darebin’s diverse community, Darebin’s new Intercultural Centre supports our Community Vision of Darebin being an equitable, vibrant and connected and diversity communities to come together.

The centre is designed to engage community members to share their thoughts, perspectives and lived experiences connected to culture, interculturalism and identity.

The new purpose-built centre is welcoming, equitable and culturally safe, providing a space to hold programs, events and activities that promote intercultural understanding and equal participation for everyone.

Project Practice Team

John Tanner, Project Architect
Nicholas Braun, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Argall, Structural Engineer
Braird Consultants, Services Consultant
Garawana Creative, Landscape Consultant

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Darebin Intercultural Centre | Sibling Architecture | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

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