CARLINGFORD, NSW | BURRAMATTAGAL
With BaptistCare's people-first approach, Gimbawali Place is a considered response to social housing for marginalised and vulnerable people. Drawing on the area's Indigenous heritage, Gimbawali Place reflects culture, care-taking and refuge,
Commissioned by Lendlease and BaptistCare, ‘Lanterns’ by artist David Cianci is a symbolic reference to the glow and repose of a home’s hearth. Lanterns is inspired by the comfort and connection people feel at home and it references the long-held custom of leaving a light on for loved ones. This notion is echoed through the lanterns that illuminate night and day – an everlasting warmth and place of sanctuary for residents.
The Gimbawali Place Apartments are a social housing development providing 162 affordable homes for vulnerable and low income people.
The artwork comprised of three arches, with LED lighting is joined at the base on a circular plinth. It’s placement on the base in a ‘Y’ shape, is a reference to ‘Yalambi’, the name of the original BaptistCare facility on the site back in 1951.
Tilt worked closely with David Cianci on the detailed design process, developing CAD modelling and site integration drawings. Overseeing the fabrication process with the steel manufacturer, Tilt also managed the on-site installation and methodologies.
Providing refuge and a place to call home has been the key objective of the Gimbawali Place project. ‘Gimbawali’ means stars/light/guiding home.
With thoughtful community-based design and the illuminated lights signalling home, Gimbawali Place is an opportunity to support our vulnerable with a residence that makes them feel connected and protected.
‘The lanterns at the front of the site are a beacon, calling people home to a place of love, joy, safety and solace.’