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Indulkana (Iwantja) Anangu School

Construction – LCS Landscapes
Design – LCS Landscapes

Indulkana (Iwantja) is an Aboriginal Community nestled below the Indulkana Range within the picturesque Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands (APY Lands) in central Australia. The distance by road from Adelaide to Indulkana is approximately 1100 Km and takes around 13 hours drive to get there. Indulkana experiences hot dry weather but when it rains it is often heavy and can flood and isolate the Community.

Our design focus for the Central Walkway project was to create a long term landscape able to cope with passive and active use, withstand extreme weather, provide shade, be very low maintenance, and drought tolerant. Whilst providing safe access linking the surrounding offices, classrooms and play spaces for all. This project was Stage 3 of our overall Landscape Masterplan which we developed with the school and the Indulkana Community. Stage 1 involved the design and construction of the Main Courtyard and Frontage, and Stage 2 saw us undertake the design and construction of the Preschool.

Considerable time was spent in Indulkana meeting with Representatives from the Community to workshop design concepts and ideas, and taking field trips within the lands with the Community Elders to source local materials that could be used for the project without crossing sacred areas or disturbing fragile ecosystems.

Paintings from local artists had been mounted on the facades of the adjacent school buildings creating an art gallery impression; we took elements and shapes from these paintings and incorporated these into our design. The focal point of the design was the Corten steel art element.

Construction took place in the cooler months of April, May and June of 2013. During this period Indulkana recorded its highest rainfall day of the year.

The scope of construction works involved, demolition, earthworks, rockwork, exposed aggregate concrete, drainage, Corten steel art feature, unit paving, compacted quarry fines, automatic irrigation, football oval construction, organic mulch, planting, shade structure, swing, and timber deck.

It was a privilege to work with the Indulkana Community on this project. The feedback from the School, DECD, and the Community has been extremely overwhelmingly positive and appreciative. The landscape is respected and thriving.

This project recently won a ‘Special Recognition Award’ at the Landscape Association of South Australia 2013 Awards of Excellence.