Regional Prize for Port of Sale
Wellington Shire council engaged fjmt to revitalise the historic precinct known as the Port of Sale into a multi-use cultural and civic hub.
We would like to congratulate Wellington Shire council and the project team involved in this project!
“This transformation of a Brutalist building, a recognisable marker in Sale, contributes urban connections, while creating a reinvigorated regional hub. Within the constraints of restrained budget and robust fabric, limited architectural intervention create visual connections within and through the building to the local landscape and port. Penetrations and transformation of former disused courtyards and undercroft parking form galleries and gathering spaces, while maximising natural lights within the building. Minor alterations to the external fabric create a welcoming presence while fundamentally leaving the building intact. Careful and efficient planning has resulted in a highly active civic hub with programmatically clear connections and sense of spacial generosity. A new large staircase draws users down to the Port, enjoying views of the river at lower level. Increased gallery spaces allow for diverse exhibitions, offering itself as a viable competitor amongst regional galleries. Working collaboratively with an enthusiastic client and the Gurnaikurnai people, integrated elements celebrate people and place, instilling identity and community pride. The Port of Sale demonstrates that the careful revitalisation of facilities can uplift their value and contribute to better regional spaces.”
Credit: Lillie Thompson Photography @lillie_thompson