This small regional indigenous project establishes a ‘completely off-grid’ Keeping Place for Gunditjmara cultural material previously stored in the Melbourne Museum. The design references traditional Gunditjmara dwellings located on the Budj Bim lava flow, which occurred 7,000 or so years ago, flowing down through Lake Condah and Darlot Creek.
The project is dominated by a timber-framed and clad, steep dome which sits over a local Kurtonitj stone base. Other sections of the sinuous footprint contain meeting rooms, offices and facilities which support Gunditjmara ‘on-country’ business and land management.
The project provides its own power via a 96kW ground-mounted solar PV array, supplied by Keppel Prince sustainability engineers, from Portland. All rainwater is collected by tanks and all waste water is locally treated and disposed of on-site via an irrigation system.
This is stage one of a two stage design and was partially funded by the Victorian state goverment.
GAETANE ZUFFEREY, Graduate of Architecture
GUY BERRY, Project Architect
MICHAEL PILKINGTON, Design Architect
SUSAN PHILLIPS, Design Architect
TOM HAMPER, Project Architect
CONTEXT IN ASSOCIATION WITH EXTENT HERITAGE ADVISORS, CULTURAL HERITAGE MANAGEMENT PLAN
HEINRICH CONSULTING, Quantity Surveyor
KEPPEL PRINCE, PHOTO VOLTAIC GROUND-MOUNTED SOLAR ARRAY
PM DESIGN, ENGINEERS, Civil Consultant
PM DESIGN, ENGINEERS, Services Consultant
PM DESIGN, ENGINEERS, Structural Engineer
VIESTURS CIELENS DESIGN – (concept/site planning only), Landscape Consultant