la perouse community centre
The La Perouse Aboriginal Community Centre is a self-sustaining building that brings identity to the indigenous community of La Perouse. The community centre centre embraces the Aboriginal philosophy of interconnectedness, and combines this with non-indigenous ideas of sustainability such as biodiversity, place-based knowledge, design for disassembly and the global justice movement.
Placed lightly on a prominent headland in La Perouse, the expansive site receives plenty of sunlight and north-easterly and southern winds. It faces beautiful views to the water over low Australian shrubbery to the north, south and west. To the east are existing community housing and residential buildings.The community centre was strategically placed with consideration of minimise impacts of the project on the site.
Each modular system is designed to promote community involvement in the construction phase. It is also intended to be disassembled at the end of each materials lifetime and recycled.
As well as bringing an aesthetic sense of identity and empowerment, each modular pavilion was placed with the intention of promoting cooling breezes, increasing solar access and creating useful and meaningful spaces throughout the site.