The Bendigo Design Approach

The future court takes design inspiration from the striking spires and towers of Bendigo's skyline, as well as more modest expressions of Bendigo's built architectural heritage.

Collaboration with Bendigo's Traditional Owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung has informed elements of the design, including:  

  • a representation of creation being Bundjiyl (Bunjil), will soar four levels high, built into the building's copper fabric, enveloping the corner facade of Hargreaves and Mundy streets.  
  • a welcoming courtyard will be paved to symbolise a smoking ceremony and landscaped to symbolise the distinctive granite outcrops, water features and native flora of Dja Dja Wurrung Country.   

John Wardle Architects and landscape architects ASPECT Studios have worked closely with the Dja Dja Wurrung to bring these ideas to life in the future court's design.

Watch the following videos to hear Judicial Officers as well as Bendigo's Traditional Owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung, and John Wardle Architects, explain how the unique design collaboration is setting the scene for a culturally safe and inclusive court.

Or view the striking designs in the following animation:

This page was last updated: Monday 14 February 2022 - 9:44am