Designed by Australian Architectural firm, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), Melbourne’s Bunjil Place has just taken out the top prize at the 2017 International Design Awards.
Bunjil Place is in the centre of the City of Casey’s new $125 million arts, cultural and entertainment precinct, located in south-east Melbourne. The winning facility also had a success in two other architectural categories, taking out the top place in ‘Institutional’ and ‘Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials, public’ disciplines.
“Council set out to create an inviting central heart for the whole community that would instil a sense of pride in the Casey community through the delivery of Bunjil Place,” said City of Casey Mayor, Geoff Ablett. Continuing to voice that he was ‘honoured that Bunjil Place had received such recognition’.
“From the distinctive roof, which resembles soaring eagle wings and reaches out to create the outdoor meeting space, to the impressive timber ‘gridshell’ feature, along with the modern and inviting design that features throughout the facility, it really is a beautiful precinct that Council and the community can be proud of.”
Bunjil Place combines a space that is architecturally unique with striking design connected to Casey’s Aboriginal heritage. The minds at Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp was inspired by The Meeting of Many Paths’ and Bunjil the Eaglehawk, two central themes to the culture of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners and inhabitants of the area.
“Bunjil Place was designed to be an inspiring and welcoming place for the whole community that deepens our connection to place and each other. So, while recognition in the form of international design awards is much valued, more important has been to see the community embrace Bunjil Place as their own,” said Richard Francis-Jones, Design Director of fjmt.
The International Design Awards aim to recognise, celebrate and promote legendary design visionary, aspiring to draw attention to the ‘iconoclasm of design worldwide’.
“From its startling and beautiful lines to its inspired use of both modern and classical materials, and especially its purpose of providing the community with a space to collaborate, create, and celebrate,” voiced Hossein Farmani, founder and president of The International Design Awards.
“Architecture is not just about designing the physical space, but also creating something that will inspire and enrich the lives of the people who will pass through it. Bunjil Place is a marvellous example of this, and how architecture can portray and promote art and creativity for future generations,” Farmani commented.
The entire precinct, including Bunjil Place, will come to life for Open House Melbourne Weekend on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June.