Gregory Burgess Architects

Name of project
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

Uluru-Kata Tjuta Park
1990 - 1995
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The design for this Australian aboriginal centre was developed in workshops with the local people. The creation myth of the Anangu describes a battle between two snakes, Kuniya and the venomous Liru. Rocks in the landscape are said to represent followers of the vanquished Kuniya, while the red stone denotes the blood of battle. Burgess observed the hand gestures of an Anangu woman telling this story, and these inspired the snaking form of the building.Various animals that serve as totemic symbols for this community are incorporated into the form of the building, though this is done in an abstract rather than a literal way.