Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

TERRIOR’s design for the redevelopment of the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns.

Tjapukai is located at the point where the flat plains of Cairns meet the Macalister Range. A new roof is proposed, which addresses both the plains and the mountains, allowing a threshold between them to be understood. The new roof emulates the Rainbow Serpent, a significant and common motif in the art and mythology of Aboriginal Australia. The design also features indigenous artwork on the surfaces of the cultural centre, showcasing the Djabugay people through a variety of scales (large and small) with the utmost respect to their ancient history.