Umbakumba Music and Recording Studio
What was the problem?
Our review of the existing Sport and Recreation facilities on Groote Eylandt revealed how important music and performance is to the younger members of the community.
The site is adjacent to the Umbakumba Oval and will replace a derelict structure.
A spatial audit and interviews with locals confirmed that there were no suitable places for band rehearsals or to work with recording equipment. Adding to the problem was that older community members were becoming increasingly frustrated by the noise of jamming close to houses!
The Umbakumba Music Studio is designed to provide the
community with a series of high quality internal spaces
facilitating the rehearsal and recording of local musicians.
What did we do?
Working with the ALC’s music coordinators and the local band, we workshopped a design that would provide a series of suitable spaces for band rehearsals, recording and performance. The Music and Recording Studio will be located adjacent to the Umbakumba Oval, allowing performances to be held on the building’s outdoor shaded stage.
The Music Studio also has an external stage that faces onto the
adjacent Umbakumba Oval. The stage allows for a community
performance space that is currently missing within Umbakumba.
The three GSR projects have been designed to respond to the unique
characteristics of the Groote Archipelago. Each building has
been designed to respond with a colour palette reflective of its
locale and community.
What was our impact?
The Music and Recording Studio will provide a much-needed safe space for the youth of Umbakumba to socialise and learn new skills. The building will help to energise a relatively inactive area of town into a new cultural precinct.