Architectural space with two people sitting on a modernist red settee underneath a silvery diagonal structure.  The carpet is organically shaped and red, and the floor is concrete.
A view through a blue geometric window to a tree of green leaves.  In front of the window is a concrete pillar with black diagonal lines painted on it.
A view through a blue geometric window to a tree of green leaves.  Next to the window is a concrete pillar with black diagonal lines painted on it.  The foreground features a modern blue lounge.  The ceiling features a shimmering floating organic shape of metal.
A blurry person in red pants alighting from an escalator.  Woven cultural objects feature in a glass cabinet behind them.  Concrete pillars feature in the architectural space and a window sparkles with sunlight in the far corner.
An art gallery space with a black industrial ceiling spotted with track lighting.  Aboriginal paintings can be seen on the far wall and cultural objects in the foreground.  The space features concrete pillars painted with black diagonal patterns.

Koorie Heritage Trust

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Greenaway Architects, Lyons and Architecture Associates 2023


Koorie Heritage Trust (KHT) worked extensively with a design collaboration (led by Lyons) between First Nations architect Jefa Greenaway of Greenaway Architects, Lyons and Architecture Associates, to develop a considered and beautiful plan for the building interior design and fit-out reflecting Country and place that responds in a culturally sensitive way to both organisational and First Peoples community needs and values.  

The stand-alone First Peoples arts and cultural centre is a first of its kind in an Australian capital city. The whole building experience is reflective of First Peoples' connection to Country and culture.

What's On

Fiona Lew, Associate, Lyons will lead three free tours of the Birrarung Building and provide an insight into the design considerations of the newly expanded KHT.  

In Collaboration With:

  • Fiona Lew

    Fiona Lew is an Associate and Project Architect at Lyons. Her experience managing culture projects—including the Koorie Heritage Trust relocation project and the Bean Building at the Australian War Memorial—has benefited the shaping of many Lyons cultural practices, of which she has been an active participant.

Images: (1-5) Building: Koorie Heritage Trust, Birrarung Building, Fed Square, Narrm (Melbourne). Design Team: Lyons, Greenaway Architects and Architecture Associates. All photos: Peter Bennetts.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Open access 10am-5pm
Tours run 10am, 11am + 12pm
Running for 40 minutes in groups of 35

No bookings required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meet at the Wominjeka Desk inside the entry to the Birrarung Building, Fed Square


Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Elevator access

If you cannot or do not wish to travel on the escalators, please let us know to direct you to our lift.


Birrarung Building Federation Square, cnr Flinders St and Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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