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Bunjil Place

Architect: FJMT 2017

Further Afield | F14

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Building Description

Bunjil Place is the civic and cultural heart of Melbourne’s South East designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt). Since opening in late 2017, the City of Casey’s multi-award winning precinct has welcomed more than 3.7 million visitors. Fjmt describes Bunjil Place as ‘an example of a new form of community and civic building. It is not a single use or single facility that tends to divide and separate a community by interest, education or culture, but an inclusive hybrid form of public building, reflecting and embracing our diversity.’ Bringing together a library, performance theatre, multi-purpose black box studio, regional gallery, function centre, civic offices and a public gathering space, it is a flexible and experimental space for events, lectures, debate, work, collaboration and celebration. Above all perhaps, it is a place where all of this overlaps and interconnects and at the centre is the interconnecting fluid form of the foyer gathering space, a nonhierarchical space that unifies the complex. The $125m precinct is the City of Casey’s home of arts and entertainment and is one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by a local government.

What's On

The entire precinct will be activated with guided tours of the back of house spaces, self guided tours of public spaces, films on the big screen in the plaza, kids activities and design talks. Visit the current exhibition in the gallery and explore the three level library.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10am–4pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided + Bookings Required, $5

  • Tour Details: Tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm running 60 minutes in groups of 15. Bookings required. 60 minutes in groups of 15.

  • Access: Limited mobility, 12 years and above.

  • Notes: Toilets available, photography restrictions, ID required for entry, refreshments available

  • Kids Activity: Archi-KIDS design a building activity and kids trail will engage kids.

  • Building Type: Government

  • Architecture Era: Contemporary (2001- current)

  • Transport: Receive 15% off GoGet with the code OHM15, see Top Tips For A Great Weekend page for more details. Bus stop: Springwood Avenue Interchange on routes 828 and 891.

  • Website: fjmtstudio.com

  • Photo Credit: Glenn Hester, John Gollings, Derek Swalwell

Location

2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren 3805, Narre Warren VIC

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