LIyan-Ngan nyirrwa (cultural healing centre)


Nyamba Buru Yawuru


Broome, Western Australia


2017 - current


Laird Tran Studio, UDLA


Landscape architecture, community engagement

MudMap Studio is working alongside Laird Tran Studio and UDLA to provide landscape architectural services for Nyamba Buru Yawuru's Liyan-Ngan Nyirrwa (Cultural Healing Centre).  Liyan-Ngan Nyirrwa will be a welcoming, gathering place for the Yawuru community – young and old – that respects the elders and builds connections between community and cultural heritage.

MudMap Studio facilitated the initial visioning for this very significant community healing facility through a series of workshops. The project then continued to develop through concept design, detailed design and construction documentation. The project is due to start construction at the end of 2017.  

The centre will include a multi-purpose building and community hall; café and commercial kitchen; an extension of the existing language centre; an archive and recording facilities; outdoor gathering space and nurlu (dancing) area; outdoor art and meeting spaces; a community garden; play grounds and artworks. 

MudMap Studio’s role throughout the project has been the facilitation of visioning workshops, concept development and design development, as well as construction documentation of the landscape works. MudMap Studio is also coordinating the public art process, more information at Art at Liyan-Nigan Nyirrwa (Cultural Healing Centre).

“The centre will be a good outlet for the community to come together and heal. That it is for their liyan; to feel good. For the young ones to learn and understand their history." Tonii Skeen, Yawuru Youth Leader

“This centre will act as a healing place where the values and strengths of Yawuru people can be shared with others in an environment of mutual tolerance and acceptance. It will be a place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, where two big spirits can become one.” Patrick Dodson, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Labor Senator for Western Australia. 

Images: Nyamba Buru Yawuru, MudMap Studio, Laird Tran Studio,