2010 – Knuckeys Lagoon,
Northern Territory

Knuckeys Lagoon Media Box

  • Location: Knuckeys Lagoon, Darwin NT
  • Completed: June 2010
  • Delivered: On time and on budget

In 2009 the Bower Studio team, mentored by Silas Gibson and George Stavrias, worked with local partners to create the ‘Media Box’ project in two Indigenous Town Camps near Darwin. The Media Box is in a modified 40 foot shipping container fitted out to house a number of computer workstations, a meeting room and a small library. The Media Box was designed to address the need for community members to have access to basic web based services such as internet banking, online welfare self-management and other essential services. It also offers appropriate facilities for the external service providers who visit the communities, such as employment and health care providers. Links with support partners enabled the project to develop in conjunction with local training programs attended by members of the communities, equipping them with skills and training in various construction trades.

The Media Box at Knuckeys Lagoon was located adjacent to the existing community building and beside the play equipment and basketball court. A shade area with seating and table was created alongside raised garden beds and planting to create shade into the future. Children from the community visited a local nursery to select and plant trees and shrubs for the garden beds. The Media Box acts as a ‘Community Hub’ and responds to the existing circulation patterns and functional uses.

Bower Studio thanks the people of Knuckeys Lagoon for welcoming the team into their community.

This Project was revisited in 2012, 2013 and 2014


Funding Agency

  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Project Partners

  • Darwin Regional CDEP
  • Ironbark Employment
  • Indigenous Community Volunteers
  • Aboriginal Development Foundation
  • Yilli Rreung Housing Aboriginal Corporation
  • Advanced Training
  • Work Ventures
  • Job Futures
  • Palmerston Regional Business Association

Industry Partners

  • Bowens Timber
  • LiteSteel Technologies
  • BlueScope Steel

Community Leader

  • Ronnie Agnew

Indigenous Mentors

  • Rob Lewis
  • Rossie Cambell

Local Workers

  • Dominique Bishop
  • Derek Lipo
  • Willi Dumoo Gaydon
  • Phillip Junglua
  • Neville Goodman
  • Jerry Dixon
  • William Lipo

Studio Leaders

  • Dr David O’Brien
  • Hamish Hill

Student Mentor

  • Silas Gibson


  • Melinda Chan
  • Beck De Haas
  • Jessie Fowler
  • Courtney Gibbs
  • Alie Kennedy
  • Fabian Prideaux
  • Jingyi Tan
  • Stephanie Westbrook