Biribahn, Newcastle

Designed in association with Richard LePlastrier and Peter Stutchbury, Biribahn won the Sir Zelman Cowan Award for Public Buildings.

Birabahn is home to the University of Newcastle’s Wollotuka Institute, named after the Eagle-hawk totem of the Awabakal.

Biribahn Indigenous Centre Sue Harper

Biribahn is based on the eagle motif in plan with its central welcoming double height fire doors and fireplace as the welcoming communal zone. The ‘wings’ wrap around the hearth and contain the teaching and admin spaces.

Sue Harper (with Richard LePlastrier and Peter Stutchbury) was Project Architect for Design, Design Development and Documentation.

Photographer: Michael Nicholson