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Koorie Heritage Trust

Architect: Lyons Architecture with Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria

City of Melbourne | C11

The Koorie Heritage Trust is a community owned and run Indigenous gallery and cultural centre celebrating the continuing journey of the Aboriginal Peoples of South Eastern Australia. It presents a range of programs including changing exhibitions, events, walking tours, family history services, cultural awareness training and education workshops, houses a collection of historic and contemporary artworks, objects, photographic archives, and oral histories relating to Victorian Aboriginal cultures and communities. The organisation relocated to Federation Square in July 2015, marking a significant move from the literal and figurative fringes of Melbourne to the 'cultural centre' of the city. This relocation project was designed in collaboration by Lyons and Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria to reflect Koorie design and culture throughout the building; it includes a gallery, retail shop, library and a permanent collection displayed throughout the public spaces.

The Trust will be moving once more to new Federation Square premises in the near future, making way for the Apple store. Come take a look at this groundbreaking design before it disappears.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 10 am - 5pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Level 1 foyer, gallery and shop Level 2 foyer and gallery Level 3 collection display

  • Special Programming: Exhibition ‘Blak Design Matters’ 21 July–30 September 2018. A national survey of Contemporary Indigenous Design curated by Jefa Greenaway. From fashion, interiors, and product design to landscape, architecture and town planning, the exhibited projects will interrogate how Indigenous design is defined, received, and made visible in Australia’s contemporary design landscape. See The Blak Desgin Matters page for more details. https://www.openhousemelbourne.org/event/blak-design-matters/

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible, Wheelchair accessible

  • Year Built: 2015

  • Website: lyonsarch.com.au

  • Transport: Stop 13: Federation Square on routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72.

  • Photo Credit: Peter Bennett

  • Tour Type: Self-guided

Location

Levels 1 & 3, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne 3000, VIC

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