In Progress

Wangun Amphitheatre

Project Description

The proposed new outdoor amphitheatre space with associated landscape design will showcase and celebrate Gunaikurnai culture, as well as become a meeting place for both Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) and the wider community. The cultural performance space provides Gunaikurnai people a space to gather, heal, yarn, celebrate, practice, teach and share cultural knowledge and stories.

 

The project was borne through co-creation methods, initiated by a series of on Country workshops with Traditional Owners and GLaWAC staff to produce design outcomes that are appropriate to specific cultural needs. These workshops were designed and undertaken in partnership with Monash University M.Architecture students in 2021. The process ensured that nuanced design decisions around contemporary placemaking on Country and cultural storytelling were incorporated in a sensitive way, leveraging GLaWAC’s deep knowledge around both of these themes. Co-creation and participatory approaches have been a continued thread during the design process of Wangun, providing a cornerstone to all design decisions.

 

The design of the outdoor performance space is broken into key areas. The roof structure consists of two design elements, the shields of the five Gunaikurnai tribes (Brabralung, Brataualung, Brayakaulung, Krauatungalung, and Tatungalung) and the Wangun (Boomerang in Gunaikurnai) shaped stage roof. These representations of Gurnaikurnai culture and history were shaped through collaborative decision making around the design of the forms. The stage also reflects the ‘wangun’ shape, mirroring the roof structure above. Locally sourced rammed earth along with Victorian bluestone (from Gunditjmara Country) underpin the materiality of the amphitheatre seating, emphasising the close connection to Country GLaWAC sought to achieve through the materiality of the project. These materials continue through to the yarning circle, sitting east and nestled between the amphitheatre, bush and water, an intimate setting to allow for storytelling, yarning and other cultural activities.

 

The rammed earth windbreak wall to the west will be achieved through deep community engagement with Traditional Owners, where working days to both design and build the wall will be facilitated.

Completion Date

In Progress

Country / Location

Gunaikurnai / Kalimna West VIC

Area

477m2

Project Team

Nikhila Madabhushi

Robert Lees

Megan Nash

LEGEND

1. Stage
2. Deck
3. Performance Area
4. Seating
5. Yarning Circle
6. Garden
7. Bush Tucker Garden
8. Upper Deck
9. Existing Building
10. Windbreak

About the Client

Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) is the  Registered Aboriginal Party for the Gunaikurnai people, Traditional Owners of Gippsland. GLaWAC joint manages 10 parks with Parks Victoria, operates a natural resource management business, delivers cultural heritage management plans and cultural awareness training.

 

Maintaining cultural activities, meetings, rituals and ceremonies are core to the Gunaikurnai people’s health and wellbeing.