Six Seasons of Sydney

Shemin Raman Patel
Matthew Pullinger, Sue Wittenoom

Research Question : How might we celebrate past and living cultural values of the Eora nation through the renewal of the Glebe Island headland?

I would like to pay respect to the Cadigal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which my project stands.

Too few people are aware of the rich and complex cultural heritage of Sydney that stretches back more than 50,000 years. DNA studies have confirmed that aboriginal Australians are the world’s oldest civilisation. This project seeks to celebrate that living history through a new urban platform to learn, teach and socialise.

The masterplan establishes the grand gesture of an inclined boulevard which starts with existing silos and ends at the headland. This axis creates a spatial journey through Indigenous placemaking using the six seasons recognised by the Sydney Dharawal calendar. In this Aboriginal Knowledge and Cultural centre, each zone represents a season through spatial variation, materials and landscape. The program for these zones includes an auditorium, exhibition spaces, communal learning centre, workshop spaces and an urban bath.