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Facade Memorializes Australia’s Indigenous Heritage [Pics]

Facade Memorializes Australia’s Indigenous Heritage [Pics]

A new building in Melbourne combines innovative design with local history to pay tribute to the city's aboriginal heritage.

Claudia Cukrov


Swanston Square Melbourne-based architects ARM have designed a facade which pays tribute to the state’s heritage.

The residential and commercial development ‘Portrait’ mashes together modern design with local history.  The face of Aboriginal social justice spokesman and last traditional ngurungaeta (elder) of the Wurundjeri-willam Clan – William Barak (Beruk) is depicted on one side of the former Carlton Brewery site.  Based on an original artwork by sculptor Peter Schipperheyn, the design represents:

the deep history and presence of Aboriginal nations in this land. The cultural resonance of William Barak gazing down the civic axis of Melbourne towards the post federation Shrine of Remembrance, stands to unite the city’s modern heritage with its ancient history.

Aunty Doreen Garvey-Wandin – Wurundjeri Elder and great-granddaughter of William Barak on the project;

Something like this has been a long time waiting, and I think it’s wonderful. My great-grandfather would be so proud.

The project is due for completion in 2014.


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