K'alemi Dene School

K'alemi Dene School

Category // 
Educational

Location: N’Dilo, NT

Date Completed: 2009

 

The K’alemi Dene School is a K-12 school in the aboriginal community of N’Dilo. From the outset of the project, the community and school stakeholders were adamant that the design create a school in which the students could learn in an environment expressive of their own culture. TAG frequently met with community representatives to gather a sense of what the community wanted. Studies of historical indiginous imagery, colours and materials resulted in a selection of culturally relevant patterns and colours that were used to create floor patterns and, at the request of one elder, the school entrance was developed to be a pleasant social gathering space with benches, views toward the lake and a faceted “natural” wall surface that contains peek-a-boo windows to the adjacent Kindergarten space.