Kabalulumana Aboriginal Hostel
Aboriginal Hostels Limited commissioned Fulton Trotter Architects in 2008, to design and document a new 40 bed hostel located at Pamela Street, Mt Isa. The new facility accommodates primarily indigenous residents, requiring short term, temporary accommodation.
Aboriginal Hostels Limited purchased the property in the late 1970’s. The existing 2 storey building was refurbished in the early 1980’s, to create a 29 bed facility. Over time the facility had become inadequate and required upgrading to attract and increase clientele. Two adjacent sites were amalgamated with the existing site, to form one larger site.
The facility redevelopment consists of resident’s dining, TV and lounge rooms, resident bedrooms having their own ensuite and landscaped outdoor areas for residents. More functional areas for staff including an administration office, staff room, commercial kitchen, laundry and stores have been provided.
Particular considerations have been given to the locational influences of Mount Isa. Colours were derived from the natural landscape from rich ochre earth, to white gum tree trunks to bright green foliage. Climatic influences of Mt Isa were also considered. This is evident in the site planning and orientation of buildings allowing breezes to flow within the site and shading strategies for summer sun.
- Paul Trotter
- John Hay
- Doug Pountney
- Sam Osborne
Master Builders Award for Hostel Development