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in close consultation with Wangka Maya to
provide functional offices and meeting spaces,
incorporating sustainable principles with
Indigenous cultural sensitivities.
Designing with a passive thermal design ethos
for the tropical region, a pavilion building form
was developed which provided a collection of
buildings connected by a breezeway.
e design attempts to capture a sense of the
Pilbara with materials such as rammed earth walls
echoing the rich colour of the earth, and timber
batten screens emulating the dappled shade of the
indigent plants and trees.
e environmental footprint was kept to a
minimum through the use of a Biolytix wastewater
treatment system, solar/heat pump water heating
and a careful selection of materials including
rammed earth and cypress pine shading screens.
e building minimises both water and energy
usage through the careful selection of fittings and
fixtures, and utilising simple technologies such as
motion sensors throughout office areas to assist in
the goal of a carbon neutral building.
e centre's Nadine Hicks says the "standout
building" ticks all the boxes.
" e building really astonishes people; not
only is it beautiful with high quality finishes, the
design also encourages people -- both Aboriginal
and non-Aboriginal -- to come together and enjoy
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