Tiwu Kumangka (Blackwood Library and Community Centre) | DesignInc

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Tiwu Kumangka (Blackwood Library and Community Centre) | DesignInc

Traditional Land Owners

South Australia

Interior Architecture
Public Architecture
Schiavello Construction (SA)
Project summary

Tiwu Kumangka’ celebrates the coming together of community services and a library within the hills-based suburb of Blackwood. The project is a catalyst for the revitalisation of the town centre, catering to the needs of locals and responding to the council’s vision for a vibrant and active public realm. Tiwu Kumangka responds to its local context with a natural material palette and architectural details referencing the wide variety of landscapes within the City of Mitcham. The building’s scale, visibility, and accessibility invite the community to wander through its central ‘street’, providing pedestrian access to the adjoining street, shops, cafes, and Waite Street Reserve. The transparency and permeability of the building’s design promote the shared experiences and activities within. Shifts in volume and scale invite enquiry, connection, creativity and exploration through flexible community spaces.

The City of Mitcham was delighted to work with DesignInc on Tiwu Kumangka, an exciting and innovative combined community centre and library that is the centrepiece of the revitalisation of Blackwood. Tiwu Kumangka provides a space for the community to learn, participate, and celebrate. The community have embraced the new facility since its opening in October 2024. In the first three months of operation, the door count increased by 95%, there was an increase of 390% in new memberships, and attendance at Babytime increased by 51%.

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