Waa, the wise crow of the Dja Dja Wurrung, welcomes and guides Bendigo TAFE students as one of three artworks on campus by Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung and Ngurai Illam Wurrung artist, Mandy Nicholson. Waa and Bujil are the two primary moieties that make up Dja Dja Wurrung cultural and belief systems, brought to life in filigreed metal work on the exterior of the building and in a dramatic hand painting in the atrium of the new Building G.
Bendigo Kangan Institute
The revitalisation of the City Campus of Bendigo TAFE has created a stimulating educational environment where students and staff can forge strong learning partnerships with industry and each other. The campus is now home to multiple diverse student cohorts, each with specific learning needs and spatial requirements, creating a nurturing, nourishing, and collaborative environment where all students are welcome, comfortable, supported, and belong.
The design aims to empower students as agents in their education, training, and work futures by expanding their choices about how, where, and when they learn. The physical learning environment is composed of purposeful learning settings, including:
- Functional spaces that promote authentic hands-on learning experiences.
- High-energy, collaborative environments that are magnets for industry and foster trans-disciplinary partnerships.
- Quiet zones that support reflection, individual study and learning assistance.
- Social settings that encourage students to build personal support networks and study on campus.
In this environment, learning is on display with galleries for student work integrated into circulation zones. In addition, the many retail, hospitality and community experiences on offer enable TAFE to reach out to the broader community and invite people to visit the campus. The spatial planning and interior architecture enable a rich virtual learning environment by creating a technology-enriched physical environment that inspires new ways of creating and using digital content to enhance the extraordinary strengths of TAFE’s face-to-face practical programs and industry placements.
Woven into the historic fabric of Bendigo, the new City Campus celebrates TAFE’s industrial heritage and champion its ongoing contribution to regional prosperity. But most importantly, it communicates to prospective students, industry partners and the broader community that Bendigo TAFE is an industry-focused, future-focused, approachable and inspiring place to learn.
Australian Institute of Architects (VIC) Awards, Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design, 2022