Anindilyakwa Boarding College

Case Study

Location

Warnindilyakwa

What did we do?

The Anindilyakwa Boarding College on Bickerton Island will provide accommodation and schooling for up to 40 primary school students.

Outdoor sitting areas with fire pits are available to students at each of the GLA’s, along with areas to play and learn on country.
Fire pits and cultural learning
Outdoor sitting areas with fire pits are available to students at each of the GLA’s, along with areas to play and learn on country.

Once complete the school will do three important things:

  1. It will provide a safe and welcoming place for children within a high quality educational environment;
  2. It will allow students to stay close to their families whilst allowing them to focus on schooling, social activities and cultural practice;
  3. It will provide bi-lingual education – offering the opportunity for Anindilyakwa youth to walk confidently in two worlds.

“We want to build the pathway for these kids to travel to achieve their goals.” - Nesman Bara, Director Groote Eylandt Bickerton Island Primary College Aboriginal Corporation

What was our impact?

The school is to be built within a bushland setting, close to the water and within a short drive from Milyakburra community. The site will allow for students to be immersed in the natural landscape of Bickerton Island.

Our design will support both learning and cultural practice through connected indoor and outdoor spaces, places for play, dance and ceremony, and traditional art and craft.

The learning and administration buildings ring a large outdoor area, which will be landscaped and used to grow gardens, for dance and to play. Visitors and students are welcomed into the school through a large outdoor area, with detailed shading battens reminiscent of traditional painting cross hatch styles.

The buildings and outdoor areas are designed to respond to the hot and cyclonic climate of the

Groote Archipelago. There is plenty of shading, natural ventilation, and minimal reliance on mechanical cooling.

The school celebrates Anindilyakwa culture through learning and play, with carefully designed spaces for gathering, performance, learning and making.