Winning Design for the Casey Cultural Precinct
Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), a leading Australian architectural firm who were awarded the World Building of the Year at the 2013 World Architecture Awards, has won the Casey Cultural Precinct design competition with a contemporary and innovative design that draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape, local culture and the history of the area.
The winning team was selected by a four-member design jury comprised of industryleading professionals, including independent architectural experts and representatives from Council.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said ‘The winning design is striking, engaging and functional and will ensure the Casey Cultural Precinct will be an inviting central heart for the community that celebrates participation, belonging and civic pride.
‘The design rises from the landscape and integrates with the surrounding environment, while the iconic roof which resembles soaring eagle wings, reaches out to create an interactive meeting space for the community.
‘The building incorporates a blend of materials, including an impressive metal and timber roof, contemporary curved glass facade and a warm timber interior.
‘The performing arts centre, regional art gallery, multi-purpose exhibition space, library and Civic Centre are easily accessed on the ground level through a common foyer which welcomes visitors to the precinct.
‘Outdoor pathways meander through the precinct, drawing visitors to the central community plaza where people will be able to celebrate, collaborate and connect.
‘The design is a fantastic outcome for the community and will be a welcoming place for everyone to come together when it opens in 2017’, said Cr Ablett.
City of Casey Director Casey Cultural Precinct Steve Dalton said ‘fjmt’s submission was outstanding and fully addressed the compliance and qualitative criteria expected by the design jury.
‘fjmt developed a series of design principles which addressed the accessibility, sustainability, technology, connectedness, material and value for money of the design’, said Mr Dalton.