2022 - Cummeragunja,
New South Wales

Cummeragunja Learning Precinct Pavilion

  • Location: Cummeragunja, NSW
  • Project start: June 2019

In 2022, two student groups returned to Cummeraganja to complete work on an open-sided pavilion commonly known as a ‘bough shed’.

Continuing the work of previous Bower Studio groups in 2021, students finished seating areas, built the timber structure and fixed the steel roof.

With the pavilion now complete, a fourth group of students will spend the rest of semester 1 preparing designs to reflect the community’s new ambitions looking towards the future.

The pavilion’s main function will be as a gathering and meeting place, and was developed after Elders and community approached Bower Studio in 2019 and proposed creating a pavilion from local timber that would become part of a cultural precinct on country for the community. A number of consultation meetings, sketch models and drawings led the Bower team towards the final design – a forest of nine timber columns supporting a perforated steel roof filtering dappled light.

Bower Studio partnered with the Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE), the Cummeragunja Housing and Development Association (CHADAC) and community elders to develop the selected site, located between the Viney Morgan Aboriginal Medical Service and Murray River.

Industry Partners

  • Arup (Brigitte Danks, John Noel)
  • Surdex
  • Milwaukee
  • Napean Building & Infrastructure

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