Eastern Kuku Yalanjiwarra Culture and Tourism Hub

Case Study

Location

Kuku Yalanji

The proposed Eastern Kuku Yalanjiwarra Culture and Tourism Hub on Cape Tribulation will be a place of cultural expression, where the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people can celebrate and share their dance, art, ceremony, food and stories.

What did we do?

A key objective of the project was to ensure that the aspirations of the Yalanjiwarra community were met in the design. Our role was to develop and implement a community engagement process in collaboration with our friends at Blaklash Creative, a Brisbane-based 100% Aboriginal owned agency specialising in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and design.

Through a series of facilitated workshops, the community revealed their desire for a place of living culture, where they can maintain a meaningful connection to Country while sharing their culture with visitors.

From community conversations we developed key narratives of the cultural landscape and spatial opportunities to embed these narratives into the design response developed by CA Architects and Cox Architecture.


From community conversations we developed key narratives of the cultural landscape and spatial opportunities to embed these narratives into the design response.

What was the impact?

TF.A was able to translate the cultural landscape into design principles, offering ways for the designers to conceptualise the site planning, building form and surrounding public realm while remaining faithful to the spirit of the conversations with Eastern Kuku Yalinjiwarra.

Through a considered engagement process, TF.A and Blaklash helped facilitate an essential part of the design process, ensuring local decision making, community agency, and voice in shaping this important cultural and economic initiative.