Biripi Aboriginal Health Clinic in Purfleet takes top titles at NSW Architecture Awards

The design of the Biripi Aboriginal Health Clinic took out top titles at the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards.
The design of the Biripi Aboriginal Health Clinic took out top titles at the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards.

Biripi Aboriginal Health Clinic at Purfleet is being celebrated for its architectural design that “pays homage to cultural inclusivity and community integration.”

Architecture firm, Kaunitz Yeung Architecture, took out the Premier’s Prize for distinguished social merit, as well as the Best Commercial Building Award and Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture at the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards. The jury described the clinic as “a place of community integration, clinical innovation and respect of social and cultural heritage. The Biripi clinic is more than the joining of volumes, it is a testament to the journey of place, health, nature and people.”

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David Kaunitz and Ka Wai Yeung, the husband and wife team behind Kaunitz Yeung Architecture said the design approach was defined by thorough consultation that incorporated the community, Aboriginal health workers, clinicians and health administrators.

“This was to identify not only the requirements but the aspects that would assist in creating a culturally inclusive and therapeutic place that broadened and improved health delivery, increasing presentation rates and placing wellness at the centre of community.”

“Good buildings are not possible without great clients. Without the dedication of CEO Brett Cowling, board chairs involved, James Glass and Janelle Callaghan, the indigenous board and elders past and present of the Biripi Nation, this outcome would not have been possible. It was our privilege to work with them.”

The Biripi Health Clinic is multi award winning architectural project, having previously received two awards at the 2017 European Healthcare Design Awards. It will now progress to the National Architecture awards.