Herston Quarter Place Strategy
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Place Design Group liaised with local indigenous communities to design a culturally symbolic space that will continue to support community and cultural togetherness for SCUH patients and visitors
As part of Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s commitment to the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) released in May 2018, in which a key action area is improving local engagement and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations, SCUH recognised that the current reconciliation garden required a major revitalisation to restore cultural significance.
Place Design Group were engaged to deliver a design that would create a meaningful space for ceremonies and reflection, reconnecting cultural significance and local indigenous identity through a landscape setting that conveys subtle symbolism, connection to country and considers the safety aspects of a hospital facility.
With strong site knowledge and close liaison with the Gubbi Gubbi people and Queensland Health, Place Design Group designed a culturally symbolic space that enhances accessibility to meaningful social interaction for both indigenous and non-indigenous groups and fosters ongoing connections between Queensland Health and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations.