Located in outback New South Wales, Garangula Gallery houses an extensive private collection of Aboriginal art and caters for large functions. As Aboriginal art tells a story, the building tells a story through the use of crafted, recycled and locally sourced materials. Artwork is also embedded in the architecture and interior design.
New South Wales, Australia
Urs & Francesca Schwarzenach
Australian Timber Design Awards, Recycled Timber Award, 2015
Furniture and Joinery Award, Australian Timber Design Awards, 2015
Australian Institute of Architects National Awards, Interior Architecture Award, 2014
Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards, Blackett Prize for Regional Architecture, 2014
Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards, Interior Architecture Award, 2014
Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards, Commercial Architecture Award, 2014
Australian Interior Design Awards, Public Design Award, 2014
Australian Interior Design Awards, Commercial Design Award, 2014
Master Builders Excellence in Building Awards, Project of the Year, 2014
Garangula Gallery is sited to follow natural topography of the landscape. Orientation shields the gallery from hot northern sun but exposes it to soft southern sunlight.
The challenge of the brief was to marry the introspection of experiencing art with the energy of large gatherings. Five gallery spaces – representing time, place, artist, material and meaning – were conceived as metaphors for caves where Aboriginal art was first created.
Charcoal grey walls recede to exhibit art and are combined with recycled tallowwood floors and acoustic timber-slat ceilings.
The galleries are naturally illuminated and arranged along a rammed-earth wall excavated from the site.
The galleries are connected to one long artefact gallery that features polished concrete floors, and walls of timber veneer and glass, and which is veiled by an external screen of weathered steel. This screen pivots open between each gallery space for distant views. Inter-gallery walls also pivot open to convert the gallery into a single dining space.