Ngutungka, West Lakes | Brown Falconer

Ngutungka, West Lakes | Brown Falconer | Photographer: Bash_Image

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Ngutungka, West Lakes | Brown Falconer

Traditional Land Owners

South Australia

Interior Architecture
Tandem Building
Project summary

Ngutungka, Kaurna for Place of Knowledge, has a design narrative built around ‘exchange’. Exchange of knowledge, ideas, creativity and skills. A place for sharing, learning, discovery, discussion and fun.

Located in the civic heart of the new WEST precinct, Ngutungka occupies the ground level and is part of Brown Falconer’s precinct design to create a hub for a new community. Intentionally located, Ngutungka was designed in consideration of the overall master plan to provide community amenity, liven the Main Street and activate the oval and plaza.

The interior is as an extension of the ‘urban context’ providing a ‘small city’ experience with laneways, a highly textured palette and diversity of form expression. The civic library, a free and public service, encourages community contribution, activity and participation. It is a uniquely adaptable, flexible, inclusive and tactile environment that through its changeability continues to surprise and delight its visitors.

South Australia Jury Presentation

With a desire to remain relevant to the community in response to a shift in the ways the community interacts with community facilities, Ngutungka West Lakes is a community hub with a design that seamlessly integrates Library and Community Development offerings and has become a centre of excellence for literacy, learning, innovation, and discovery.

The design has enabled the blending of both libraries and community centres into an integrated cohesive hub offering responsive innovative programs and collections as well as an inviting ‘third space’ for the City of Charles Sturt’s diverse community to connect with each other.

Project Practice Team

Julie Tran, Interior Designer
Yan-Yan Ho, Principal, Interior Designer

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Innovis, Structural Engineer
Martins, Signage/Wayfinding
Meinhardt, Services Consultant
Mott MacDonald, Acoustic Consultant

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