Tanna Green Architects connected with the non-profit community group, The Australian Inland Botanical Gardens, via Architects Without Frontiers to provide pro-bono architectural services for an outdoor multi-purpose shelter near Mildura.
The shelter will be used to educate school groups about the local indigenous culture and endemic vegetation throughout the gardens.
The design is a contemporary interpretation the indigenous shelter known as a humpy, which uses a tree trunk as the main point of support and angled tree branches and bark to provide shelter. The folded roof opens up to capture views of the surrounding landscape and shades students between the classroom hours of 9am and 3pm throughout the year.
The playful roof was designed to appeal to the imagination of the students and to take an optimistic approach towards indigenous education.