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here’s a reason the new Michael Long
Learning & Leadership Centre has been
the recipient of multiple accolades at the
2015 Master Builders Association Awards.
The facility for developing footballers, students
and the broader community was inspired by the
concept of a bird taking flight - an idea that the
space will help educate, empower and lift students
up in the right direction in life. It was also built
to respond to Darwin’s climate, with many of the
internal spaces having inside and outside qualities.
With holistic education in mind, the facility
comprises a number of teaching spaces, and
a multipurpose lecture theatre, designed to focus on
the individual, and stray from traditional classroom
But it’s the sporting facilities that take centre
stage, including a professional gymnasium, lap and
rehabilitation pools and spa, change rooms, medical
facilities, team meeting rooms, coaching and
matchday rooms, physiotherapy centre, kitchen
and dining room.
The building is also integrated within the
TIO Oval precinct, with the sporting functions
framing the view to the oval. The outlook to the
AFL approved oval was intentional to inspire the
students to achieve elite performance. A NT Football
Hall of Fame was included within the central
meeting space, which is the first time NT football’s
rich history has been put on display in one location.
To further enable an intensive-camp style of
training, short stay/hotel-style accommodation
and student dormitories are provided within.
Internally, the overall palette and concept
stemmed from cultural influences and references.
This allowed for occupants to connect with the
space, displaying recognisable images, colours
For example, in the reception zone, each colour
panel represents one of the nine communities that
will be using the space.
In the cafeteria hang hand-woven pendant
lights by local artists, and the bench seating is
upholstered in fabric known as the ‘gathering’
pattern, also designed by an Indigenous artist.
This collaboration with Indigenous groups
ensures the facility is suitable to allow community
elders to let their children visit the centre.
MICHAEL LONG LEARNING
& LEADERSHIP CENTRE
This award-winning training and fitness facility was developed to support athletes from
remote regions in the Northern Territory.
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