Situated on a 25 acre site, Tjapukai has won more than 200 awards and is recognised as the national ambassador for Australia’s Aboriginal cultural tourism. Holding a defining position in telling the history of Australia’s indigenous people; owners Indigenous Business Australia have invested $12 million in transforming Tjapukai to an amazing modern centre that not only tells the story of Australia but provides a transition between the outside world and the Aboriginal culture.
The foyer area of the Tjapukai Cultural Centre forms the entrance and the place where guests gather before entering the live performance theatre. It was important to the designers at Studio Cassels and Story Inc. to work alongside the Tjapukai team to ensure the space reflected the heart and soul of the community and all its functions.
Featuring a polished concrete floor, high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows, the Tjapuki Cultural Centre presented a beautiful space with an adherent noise reverberation issue. This led to the team at Studio Cassells and Story Inc. to look for a sound absorbing acoustic solution that fitted the culture of the space and evoked the feelings of Tjapukai tribe’s local landscape; the Cairns Rainforest.