We sought to practically breathe new life into the Centre, by making spaces more functional and comfortable.
Stage One, completed in 2012 involved the addition of a new access ramp to the building and reconfiguring some of the interior spaces.
Stage Two, completed in 2013 is a substantial renovation of internal gallery spaces including the upgrade of the Ephraim Bani Gallery and a recladding of the external lining of the building, which had suffered under heat exposure.
03. Community & Cultural
Reconfiguring the building was a complex exercise in questioning the role of cultural centre architecture in Indigenous identify creation and maintenance.
For example, as a focus for the many and varied Torres Strait cultures, the centre functions as an art gallery and quasi-museum space whereby local artisans produce artworks.
Thursday Island, FNQ
James Davidson, Martin Arroyo, Sam Bowstead
Concept Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, Contract Administration
Community & Cultural
In our approach to architecture, we have a strong belief that the discipline is by its very nature an empirical anthropology, where the making of architecture is directly linked to its social processes, culture and material context. To that end, the practice has undertaken projects in remote communities across Queensland, including housing, education and cultural buildings.