Nyul Nyul Community Packing Shed - IDEA 2023

Nyul Nyul Community Packing Shed

Winner – 2021

SJB with Bruno Dann and the Nyul Nyul community, The Orana Foundation, Promena Projects and van der Meer Consulting


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The Packing Shed is a purpose-built timber facility that was installed at Twin Lakes on the Dampier Peninsula for the harvesting and processing of Indigenous foods on Country. The partially prefabricated structure is designed to withstand cyclonic wet season conditions while providing a cool natural environment for meeting and working.

Located on the land of the Nyul Nyul people, who are the custodians of Winawarl, the Country also known as Twin Lakes Cultural Park, the design evolved over a more than 10-year period in a pro bono collaboration between traditional owners, architects, builders, engineers and the Orana Foundation. It is the product of a bottom-up process that sits outside the government funding model, giving community full agency to direct the process by assuming the role of client.

Photo Credits: SJB