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Bunjil Place

Architect: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Further Afield | F11

Designed by multi-award winning architectural studio Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), Bunjil Place is the City of Casey’s new $125 million cultural and entertainment precinct for Melbourne’s South East. The overarching vision for the precinct is “to create an inviting central heart for the community that celebrates participation, belonging and pride”. fjmt describes the precinct – which includes a major library, gallery, multipurpose studio space, 800-seat theatre, civic offices, and outdoor plaza – 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”. The design takes inspiration from Bunjil – the ‘creator spirit’ of Casey’s First Nations people – who takes the form of an eagle in the dreaming. The dreaming stories pass on important knowledge, cultural values and belief systems to later generations that merge traditions and practise responsibilities for looking after country. The construction of the building involved intricate challenges, particularly around the building’s dominant feature, the timber gridshell which is framed by a 12-metre-high glass façade.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

  • What's Open: The precinct will be open to visit with back of house access available to those who book a tour.

  • Special Note: Behind the scenes tours will involve climbing stairs.

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8.30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8.30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Visit universe.com/openhousemelbourne for tickets and openhousemelbourne.org for more information. Tours at 11am, 2pm, running for 60 minutes, in groups of 15

  • Special Programming: The entire precinct will be open with a children's trail, films on the big screen in the plaza and design talks. Visit the current exhibition in the gallery and explore the three level library.

  • Building Type: Government

  • Age Restrictions: 13 years and above

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Year Built: 2017

  • Website: fjmtstudio.com

  • Transport: Bus 828 and 891 or by car

  • Photo Credit: John Gollings

  • Tour Type: Pre-booked & self-guided

Location

2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren 3805, VIC

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