Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation
Hume City Council
Council Chamber, Community Rooms
The City of Hume Council is one of Australia’s fastest growing and culturally diverse communities. It is home to almost 260,000 residents, 40% of which were born overseas, coming from 170 different countries and speaking over 150 different languages. The municipality was formed in 1994 to incorporate sections of the former Shire of Bulla, the City of Broadmeadows, the City of Whittlesea and the City of Keilor. The City is bounded by significant waterways of the Jacksons River to the north, the Maribyrnong River to the south-west and the Merri Creek to the east.
The project is situated on the ground floor of the existing Hume Global Learning Centre at Broadmeadows and shares the building with the Broadmeadows Library and Orange Door - a not-for-profit community support service. The project includes a large flat floor Council chamber for 21 Councillors and Executive, as well as a public gallery for up to 80 members of the community. In addition to these primary spaces, are refurbished arrival foyers for informal community gathering, a new café with commercial kitchen, a medium sized meeting room for shared use, and ancillary support spaces. Strategically, the chamber has the capability of being divided into two separate rooms for community workshops outside of the Councillor’s meeting schedule, enhancing opportunities for engagement.
Members of the community arrive to the chamber through a large glazed wall of cabinetry that houses a collection of memorabilia and artefacts, curated by the Broadmeadows Historical Society.
Conceptually, the notion of the city being bounded by a network of waterways and diverse ecologies influenced the interior design of the chamber. The perimeter walls of the are adorned with a striking figure of the municipality’s rivers and creeks and a highly textured carpet further highlights the unique terrain that makes up the City of Hume. The design references the long tradition of formal chamber typologies through its rich material palette and use of ornamental motif.