The Canopy on Normanby was no exception to this process. In the early stages of the project, we engaged the services of Indigenous Cultural Advisors MURRI: YUL to understand the area’s pre-colonial history.
It was this research that identified that prior to colonization, the site was once situated between low-lying woodlands and wetlands where it was recognised as a Kangaroo Ground.
It was later industrialised as part of Port Melbourne and South Melbourne’s dramatic expansion in the 1900s, where it was home to the Dunlop Tyre Factory.
We wanted to pay homage to the site’s industrial past as well as its natural history by incorporating these elements into the materiality and design choices. Our goal is to ensure that the next phase of its existence has a positive impact on its residents, the local community and the environment.