Wyndham City is delighted that the architects for its recently completed Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre in Wyndham Vale have been shortlisted for a sustainability award for the 2020 Victorian Architecture Awards.
Environment and Sustainability portfolio holder Cr Heather Marcus thanked the hard work and creativity of Gresley Abas Architects and Gregory Burgess Architects for working closely with Council and the Koling wada-ngal Committee (formerly the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre Committee) to include community feedback of environmental connectivity into the design for the new facility.
“The Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Centre was constructed in late 2019, in response to the identified need for a gathering space for the diverse and growing local and Aboriginal communities in Wyndham, as well as for a local early years and community centre in a growing part of Wyndham Vale,” Cr Marcus said.
“This is Wyndham’s first five-star green star rating building, attributed to the construction process, using sustainably sourced materials and fittings, low energy consumption, smart water designs including rainwater harvesting and sustainable landscaping, carbon neutral solar installations, sustainable light and automated ventilation systems.”
“The community engagement, led by the Koling wada-ngal Committee, helped develop the sustainable building design, which provides ceremonial gathering spaces, men’s and women’s sheds to support Aboriginal art and craft, a deep connection to the local environment through native landscaping, outdoor interactive nature based play spaces and the central external walkway through the facility.”
“The designs of the facility support the centre vision to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal culture and history as an essential activity to create a culturally safe space, where people of all ages and cultures are welcome to gather, learn and share, and access programs and services.”
“The design of the $13.2 million centre was community led, with significant input from the Koling wada-ngal Committee since initial conception in 2013.”