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Two projects shortlisted at IDEA 2018

The shortlist for the Interior Design Excellence Awards – IDEA 2018 has been announced, and we are pleased to share that two projects have been shortlisted in the Public category:

Salamanca Building, Parliament Square in Hobart, Tasmania and Bunjil Place in Narre Warren, Victoria

These two projects represent the variety of scope and approach of our practice, and the successful collaboration between fjmt’s disciplines in Sydney and Melbourne offices.

Salamanca Building represents the first stage of the masterplanned redevelopment for the Tasmanian State Government. The project opens new committee rooms, atrium and public spaces and embodies collaborative design with local craftspeople and artisans representing Tasmania’s rich design traditions.

Bunjil Place exemplifies a new form of hybrid community building: a library, performance theatre, studio, exhibition space, gallery, café and workplace. Flexible and experimental, it is a community service centre and place of collaboration that overlaps and interconnects through fluid non-hierarchical forms that unify the complex.

Richard Francis-Jones at The Architecture Symposium

Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director, will give a talk about Frank Bartlett Library and Community Centre at The Architecture Symposium on the 28th of September 2018.
The symposium will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Read more about the full list of speakers and download the program here.

Program information:
This critical day-long forum, which celebrates Australia’s world-class architects, is curated by Wendy Lewin and Angelo Candalepas and includes presentations by New York-based writer, critic and former Pritzker Prize juror Karen Stein. The event focuses on outstanding examples of contemporary Australian architecture, with a series of talks by leading practitioners from around the country exploring recently completed and upcoming projects.

Architecture AU: Australian all-stars come together for The Architecture Symposium, Sydney

Richard Francis-Jones at FRONT

Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director at fjmt, is going to be a speaker at FRONT, a two-day event focused on Design in Sydney.

Seminar: Strategising for Success
When: 10th of August 2018
Time: 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Carriageworks, Sydney
Street Address: 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (corner Codrington Street).

Session Overview

Incorporating the corporate strategy of clients into design is critical to ensuring success in workplace and other commercial environments. Against this backdrop, close collaboration between the client, designer, and other disciplines is crucial. How can designers manage – and maximise – this relationship and craft workspaces that truly meet the needs of their end users?

Ticket Price = $60

Visit the official website to register and see the two-day seminars’ schedule.

We Are Hiring in Sydney

An opportunity for a Mid-Senior Interior Designer with 8-10 years experience has become available to join our multi-award winning multi-disciplinary design firm in the heart of the CBD within the Interiors team.

The Company

With over 20 years experience in Australia, and offices in Melbourne, Sydney and the UK, this multi-disciplinary design firm is a leader in design excellence winning World Building of the Year at WAF, the Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture and numerous other national and international design accolades. Based in the heart of Sydney CBD, we pride ourselves on quality and precision. The company has an enjoyable work culture, with social engagements and industry events throughout the year. The Sydney Interiors team is expanding, and this a fantastic opportunity to join in on the action!

The Role
We are looking for a talented designer with excellent team management skills,

EY Centre nominated at the International Highrise Award

EY Centre is among the 36 projects long-listed at the International Highrise Awards, and is one of the three buildings nominated in Australia.
The Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) has judged projects according to the following criteria: future-oriented design, functionality, innovative building technology, integration into urban development schemes, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness. The Awards is aimed at architects and developers whose buildings are at least 100 meters high and have been completed in the past two years. 

In mid-August the five finalists will be shortlisted from these nominees. The prize-giving ceremony for the winner of the International Highrise Award will take place at the Paulskirche in Frankfurt/Main on November 1, 2018. 

From November 3, 2018 through March 3, 2019 the exhibition “Best Highrises 2018/19” with the winning project, the finalists and all nominated projects will be shown at the DAM.

For more information, visit DAM website and International Highrise Award.

Vote for Salamanca Building in Hobart

Salamanca Building, Parliament Square in Hobart is running for People’s Choice Prize at the Tasmanian Architecture Awards. Take 30 seconds to vote here!
Voting in the People’s Choice Prize closes at 5 pm AEST Thursday 19 July 2018.
You have the chance to go into the draw to win a range of prizes (Conditions of Entry here).

About the project
‘The Salamanca building is the first stage of Hobart’s Parliament Square redevelopment for the Tasmanian Government. It provides a new workplace for government agencies, Department of Premier & Cabinet, public parliamentary committee rooms and a new connection to the historic Parliament House, respecting and reinforcing its importance.

The interiors concept explores the expression of a contemporary Tasmanian Government building and sets out to create an inclusive sense of identity for staff and visitors. The organic and welcoming design language incorporates references to the enduring beauty of the Tasmanian landscape.

The Waterfront Pavilion on TV

The Waterfront Pavilion has been featured on Australia by Design. Take a look at Tim Horton’s interview to Richard Francis-Jones here.
Segment: 13:19 – 15:21

Bunjil Place receives William Wardell Award for Public Architecture

The 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards, held Friday July 29 awarded Bunjil Place the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture.

Bunjil Place is the largest project ever undertaken by a local government in Victoria, comprising Council offices, an 800 seat theatre, 200 seat black box studio, public library, art gallery and function centre, all centred around a new community plaza with integrated cafe, urban screen and war memorial, as well as a community amphitheatre.

The Jury noted that Bunjil Place was “a highly aspirational project” with a foyer roof in which timber has been used “in a monumental way”.

“The expressive roof form energetically soars over a myriad of programmatic requirements cleverly providing shelter, identity and unity with this one move,” they wrote.

Amy Muir, Victorian chapter president, said the winning projects of the night represented the diversity of work being completed across the state.

“Victorians understand the value of good design and the enormous benefits it brings to building engaged and resilient communities.

Video of Bunjil Place Opening Festival

Take a video tour into this community and civic building.

Bunjil Place, an amazing performance space, a library, a gallery and a 300-seat theatre.

#bunjilplace #cityofcasey #communitybuilding #theatre #performing
#library #multiplex

 

In conversation with Elizabeth Carpenter

‘We want to maintain and increase our diversity, and it’s really important to nurture new staff and make sure there’s a really strong career progression for them. We need to continue to embrace new technologies… every project we do, we always try and investigate how we can stretch a bit more.’
Madeleine Swain in conversation with Elizabeth Carpenter about business, design and diversity.

Read more on Australian Design Review

#diversityandinclusion #designleadership #managementstyle #architecturalreview #australian-design-review

PCYC Northern Beaches shortlisted for the NSW Architecture Awards

PCYC Northern Beaches has been shortlisted for the NSW Architecture Awards in Public Category.
‘The Australian Institute of Architects Awards & Prizes program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of NSW architects’.
11 projects are going to compete in the Public Category.

We are looking forward to the announcement of the winners!

For the full shortlist, click here.

EY Centre wins CTBUH Awards

We would like to congratulate Mirvac Construction and all the consultants in achieving this great result.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards ‘recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level’.

EY Centre’s facade system has been recognised as an outstanding evolution of closed cavity technology.

Bunjil Place awarded Commendation at AIDA 2018

The Australian Interior Design Awards 2018 awarded ‘Commendation’ for Public Design to Bunjil Place.
Take a look at the Awards Gallery.

 

Bunjil Place shortlisted for the AIA – Victorian Awards

We are pleased to share the news that Bunjil Place has been shortlisted for Public Category at the AIA – Victoria Chapter Awards!

‘From 268 entries, 14 juries have shortlisted 108 entries in 14 categories.’

Public Architecture
11 entries / 4 shortlisted projects
Atrium of Holy Angels Mausoleum | Harmer Architecture
Bendigo Hospital | Silver Thomas Hanley with Bates Smart
Bunjil Place | fjmt
North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub | GroupGSA 

Read the article on Architecture AU here.

Full shortlist here.

Bunjil Place wins ‘Architecture of the Year’ at International Design Awards 2017

We are very proud to announce Bunjil Place has received the top prize, ‘Architecture of the Year’, for the International Design Awards 2017. 

Bunjil Place also received Gold prize for two Architecture Categories: ‘Institutional’ and ‘Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials, public’.

The largest local government investment of its kind, the success of the project is the result of an aspirational brief and long term collaboration with the client, consultants and integrated disciplines within fjmt.

We wish to thank and congratulate the client, City of Casey; contractor, Multiplex, and all of the consultants who contributed to the project. 

To read more about the project, click here

To view the other entrants and prize winners of IDA, click here.

    

EY Centre wins Best Office Development 2018 – Property Council of Australia Awards

We are excited to share this with Mirvac and all the teams involved in this project!
The EY Centre has been awarded The Property Council of Australia – Innovation & Excellence Award – Award for Best Office Development 2018.

Read more below:

Property Observer
Australian Property Journal
Architecture and Design

 

Open House Melbourne Weekend: Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 July 2018

In July you have the opportunity to visit Bunjil Place as never before. Bunjil Place, the City of Casey’s new $125 million cultural and entertainment precinct will be part of Open House Melbourne Weekend program. The building offers a gallery, an 800-seat theatre, a library, studio spaces, offices and a plaza. Over the Open House Melbourne weekend you can book VIP access to back-of-the-house guided tours of the precinct’s inner workings and attend film screenings, design talks and a children’s trail.

Read more here.
Open House Melbourne

Venue: Bunjil Place,  2 Patrick NE Dr, Narre Warren VIC 3085
website: https://www.bunjilplace.com.au/ 

 

Six Awards at the International Property Awards

We are pleased to share the success of the EY Centre and Sofitel Hotel at the International Property Awards 2018-2019.
The International Property Awards celebrates the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry.

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour:
– Best Hotel Architecture Australia
– Best Hotel Interior Australia
– Best New Hotel Construction and Design Australia

EY Centre:
– Commercial High-rise Architecture Australia
– Commercial High-rise Development Australia
– Office Interior Australia

 

EY Centre’s design continues to gain recognition

The EY Centre, 200 George Street has been awarded the International Property Awards 2018-2019 in three categories:

  • Commercial High-rise Development
  • Commercial High-rise Architecture
  • Office Interior

We are pleased to know that our design is appreciated and we congratulate Mirvac and all the consultants for this remarkable achievement.

 

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour wins the IPA Asia Pacific – Hotel Architecture Australia

We are pleased to share that Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has been awarded the IPA – Asia Pacific Awards 2018-2019 – Hotel Architecture Australia.
The winners were announced on the 4th of May 2018 at the Gala Dinner  held at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park in Bangkok.
The project represents the first luxury hotel to be developed in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics. We share our congratulations with Lendlease and all the consultants involved in the project.
You can read more about the project here.

Event: Skyscraper Summit 2018

Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director, will present ‘The Human Element of Timber Tower Buildings’ at the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2018.
Date: 26th of June 2018
Time: 10:00-10-30am
Venue: Doltone House – Darling Island Wharf, Sydney NSW

Registration is open! For more information click here.

 

Bunjil Place Finalist at Dulux Colour Awards 2018

Bunji Place has been shortlisted for the Dulux Colour Awards 2018 in the Commercial Interior: Workplace and Retail.
The project has been selected among 305 entries across 9 categories.
The competition is now at Stage 2.
Winners will be announced on the 10th of May.

To see all the Finalists, click here.
Read the article on ARCHITECTUREAU here

 

Bunjil Place Shortlisted for AIDA 2018

Bunji Place has been shortlisted for the Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA) 2018. The project is competing in the Public Category.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner event on Friday 25 May 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney.

To see the 22 shortlisted projects, click here.
Read the articles on ARCHITECTUREAU here and here.
Read the article on Urban Developer.

EY Centre Shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize 2018

EY Centre is among the shortlisted projects for the RIBA International Prize 2018.
The jury visited the project last week. Winners will be announced in December 2018.

About the Award:
‘The 2018 RIBA International Prize will be awarded to a building which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and delivers meaningful social impact.’

You can see the full shortlist here

@riba #RIBAIntPrize 

 

 

Two prestigious AIA Awards for fjmt

On the 2nd of November, the Australian Institute of Architects announced the Winners of the National Architecture Awards 2017. Two projects from Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp  have been awarded the AIA National Architecture Awards.

Welcome

We are very pleased to be able to announce the launch of our new website. We have sought to make an engaging site that overlaps and interlayers both the work and ideas of our multidisciplinary design studio. At the core of our work and intent behind this site, is the dual pursuit of design excellence and the enhancement of the public domain.

We would like to acknowledge the great work of our designers… and in particular a special thank you to our internal communications team at fjmt that have approached the making of this site with the care and dedication we would apply to our built projects.

Thank you, and welcome!

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