The Kununurra Children and Family Centre project initiative is driven by Closing the Gap: Indigenous Early Childhood Development National Partnership, government commitment to improve the lives of indigenous Australians, particularly children. It is intended that the project will result in a culturally appropriate facility to encourage early learning for children, and a positive environment for adults alike.
The design approach is to physically distinguish the building functional spaces and to allow each to develop its unique identity. A singular covering roof creates a sense of identity for the whole facility, with the identity of the Child Care Centre and the Family Centre are expressed by changes in the roof form over the entry areas of these portions of the facility.
The internal layout of enclosed functional spaces and covered external spaces provides environmentally and culturally appropriate spaces to develop a positive learning environment, and welcomes the local community to share in the creation of positive parent and childhood development.
The design recognises the views back to Kelly’s Knob and direction towards Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park and embraces the natural climatic conditions of site to inform the planning and sustainable use of the facility.