Stemming from curiosity about my heritage and the true and untrue histories of Indigenous Australia, Miruma (in the Wonnarua language, meaning; to take charge of, to take care of, to watch over, to keep and to save from harm) Baiame (the creator, Father of All, Lawmaker and most high ancestor) is a project looking at changing the 'Indigenous Architectural Project' typologies and correcting the long held historical ideas that influenced them.
Taking a participatory design approach that is internally community driven, user focused and doesn't play to over simplified cultural iconography, the development of this scheme aims to extend a platform for the community to express their own narrative of our shared history and to share this story with the wider world. The design of a cultural museum, art galleries and studio space with facilities for group gatherings provides a place of sanctum to preserve and display artwork and artefacts of the Wonnarua people, on country.
' The land held the key to life's secrets. Man was given the knowledge to
read the land and for every rock, tree and creek he found an
explanation for existence. He did not own the land, the land owned him.'
Watch my sketch timelapse on the Australian Narrative: