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The Belonging Place, Healesville

A culturally appropriate and safe place for the delivery of integrated services and programs to the local Indigenous Community.

  • Design Response

    The belonging place is a health services, counselling training and community centre for Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association. The primary function of the Belonging Place will be to provide a culturally appropriate and safe place for the delivery of integrated services and programs. The building and surrounds will be designed to enable ‘incidental’ engagement through cultural programs and activities.

    The internal curved wall of the central welcoming space is clad in possum skin, a communal coat to protect the community as they gather with views to the external deck, firepit and ceremonial grounds beyond. Blackened external facades along with translucent green sunshading also celebrate the regeneration of the indigenous landscape through fire. Our detailed design and feasibility study (completed in consultation with the local indigenous community and service providers) is currently being used to seek funding for the project.

  • Services Provided

    • Full Services


    Workshop Architecture


    Project Director: James Staughton
    Project Team: James Staughton, Simone Koch, Jacqueline Tang
    Photographer: Workshop Architecture

    Date completed



    Healesville, Victoria

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