wukalina walk nominated for Heritage Award

luwa in the foreground of Eddystone Point Lighthouse. Image: Adam Gibson


 

The reworking of a lighthouse keeper's cottage by architectural studio Taylor and Hinds is one small element of the much greater cultural experience that is wukalina walk.

The three night, four day Aboriginal owned and operated guided ventures takes walkers from wukalina (Mount William) to larapuna (Bay of Fires). The palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) story and its culture is most strongly tied to this part of Tasmania, as well as the Furneaux Islands. And within this rich cultural landscape and stunning natural beauty, sits Eddystone Point Lighthouse and the three cottages that housed the head and assistant light keepers.

luwa – or 'three' in palawa kani – was the head lighthouse keepers cottage. Today it provides the final night's accommodation for the Aboriginal guides and walkers completing the walk.

Through the deft design of architectural studio Taylor and Hinds, visitors to luwa are able to connect with the traditional characteristics of living in an isolated maritime outpost of Tasmania.

Taylor and Hinds were mindful of the heritage layers within the landscape. “Throughout our engagement, we were mindful of the many layers of the project: as a contemporary change of tourism use to a heritage listed and significant maritime structure, for an Aboriginal client. We felt the new works to luwa needed to speak to the larger experience of the cultural walk".

“Just as in our process for krakani lumi (the standing camp for the walk), we turned to the source material as a way of finding common tectonic threads for the new work. We took this understanding into the execution of the new work: of dignity returned to stone, whitewashed interiors, and fine timber joinery."

The result is a building whose locally-sourced pink granite exterior is once again revealed after years of immersion in paint. The use of expertly crafted bronze and timber joinery, both externally and internally, contributes to the sense of dignity being returned to the cottage.

Taylor and Hinds' reinvigoration of luwa has been short-listed for a Heritage Award at the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architecture Awards for 2018. Taylor and Hinds has also been short-listed in the commercial architecture award for krakani lumi – the standing camp for the wukalina walk.

For more information on the wukalina walk click here.

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