Umbakumba Music and Recording Studio

Case Study

Location

Warnindilyakwa

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.
Existing Site
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.
Music Studio
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.

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.