Dala Yooro Early Learning Centre

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‘Dala Yooro’ (meaning Little Gum Trees), is a new facility catering for a 66-place childcare centre. The building incorporates a shared entry foyer and includes renovations to the existing administration and cultural rooms of the adjacent building.

In collaboration with GEGAC, early concepts developed a structural form for the building that was derived from the wing of 'Booran the Pelican', an Aboriginal Dreamtime symbol from the Gippsland lakes region.

Location Bairnsdale, Victoria

Client Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative

Project Status Complete

Category ELC / Childcare / Indigenous

Photography Peter Clarke

 
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An integral part of the Clients brief was to incorporate natural materials within the design.  Rammed earth external walls were constructed using local aggregates and gravels, resulting in banded tones of colour. Large laminated timber posts & rafters create a series of structural frames, emulating the structure of a pelican wing along the southern and northern boundaries. 

 
 
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