Australian Centre of Indigenous Knowledge and Education

Completed in November 2012, this project marks the start of new era for Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory. Pivotal to the DKJ projects.architecture design philosophy is the Central Courtyard, from which four detached Pod’s radiate. The regionally inspired landscape within the Courtyard links the surrounding spirited architectural forms and reflects the connection between culture, environment and landscape of the NT.

The facility incorporates shared Teaching Spaces, a Gallery showcasing Indigenous activities, an open air Ceremonial Space, a Central Courtyard and office space for the co‐location of Indigenous Research Groups, Academics and Teaching staff. These spaces and state of the art’s IT enabled Literacy Laboratories facilitate interactive learning connections to 16 remote NT sites.

This showcase multi‐level building of approximately 4,600sqm, maximizes opportunities for open air teaching and has been designed to meet the GBCA 4 Star Design accreditation. The Facility accommodates for 80 students and 30 staff and the unique design and setting provides a prominent focal point to the entrance of the CDU Campus.

Client: Charles Darwin University & the Bachelor Institute of Indigenous
Tertiary Education
Winner of 2013 AIA Award for Public Architecture
Winner of 2013 AIA Award for Interior Architecture