Melbourne Design Firm Takes Out Shaw Contract Group Global Design Award

Franics-Jones Morehan Thorp’s Melton Library and Learning Hub has been named a Shaw Contract Group Design Is…Award Global winner.

Joining four other global winners and one people’s choice winner, Franics-Jones Morehan Thorp’s entry claimed victory in the Government / Civic category.

According to Shaw Contract Group Australia General Manager, Paul McCosker, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp’s win is a wonderful achievement for Australian design.

“The awards honour architecture and design firms from around the globe that are changing the idea of what design is and in the Government / Civic category the Melton Library and Learning Hub set the benchmark,” Paul said.

“Competing against 40 market winners selected from 356 entries from 25 countries, this is only second time in the nine years the Design Is…Awards program has been running that an Australian project has won a global award.

“The win will see Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and the Melton Library and Learning Hub celebrated across the globe,” he said.

Franics-Jones Morehan Thorp Melbourne Principal, Geoff Croker said the win is a wonderful acknowledgement of a project both the FJMT team and City of Melton are proud of.

“We are absolutely delighted that the Melton Library and Learning Hub has been named a Design Is…Award Global winner,” Geoff said.

“From the outset both FJMT and the City of Melton strived to deliver a building that wasn’t just a traditional storage place for books but a destination that’s design and creativity would revitalise and re-energise the community.

“Since opening over a year ago the facility has enjoyed a huge increase in membership and also sets the benchmark for sustainable library design in Australia – it’s the first library in Australia to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Public Building Design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

“To see the Melton Library and Learning Hub recognised at a global level further affirms the importance of the building,” he said.

A global panel of judges consisting of some of the most profound voices in global architecture evaluated each entry based on its design solution beyond aesthetic quality. The judges reviewed the challenges, processes and results of each project and how each design team defined design.

“This year’s winners reflect how design profoundly impacts the mission of the space and its positive effect on the people that use it, Paul said.

“The judges hailed Franics-Jones Morehan Thorp’s entry as truly successful. They loved all aspects of the project making special mention of the overall design and the materials used including the lights and carpet,” he said.

Franics-Jones Morehan Thorp’s win will see two team members attend a four-day celebratory trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee and Chicago in the USA.

Joining Franics-Jones Morehan Thorp as global winners are:

Hickok Cole Architects | Washington, DC
Project: NPR | Washington, DC

Studio Groen+Schild BV | Deventer, The Netherlands
Project: TenneT Headquarters | Arnhem, The Netherlands

ZGF Architects LLP | Seattle, WA
Project: Federal Center South Building 1202 | Seattle, WA

Nikken Sekkei Ltd | Tokyo, Japan
Project: JOSAI University Educational Corporation, Tokyo Kioicho Campus Building 3 |
Tokyo, Japan

RMTA, LLC | Kansas City, MO
Project: Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator | Kansas City, MO

In addition to the trip to the USA, Design Is…Award Global winners will be promoted through marketing materials, media promotion and an advertisement campaign in leading architecture and design publications. In addition, winning firms also receive $2,000 to donate to the school or organization of their choice.

Since 2006, Shaw Contract Group had donated over $80,000 through the Design Is…Award to support design education and social responsibility, all in the name of the winning firms.




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