THERE are pleased to announce it is one of only two Australian winner's of a 2015 Global SEGD Medit Award within the Placemaking and Identity Category. This years event held in Chicago, saw THERE continue it’s award-winning form, following on from the Global SEGD 2014 Award for the Placemaking and Identity Category.
The award was for the collaboration with Fender Katsalidis Mirams (FKM) Architects on the Garangula Gallery building facade design.
The design solution drew its inspiration from the winding bends of the local Pine River. A series of timber blades, sourced from the remnants of the Hornbrook Bridge, which formerly forded the river, adds dramatic scale across the building’s entrance
Paying homage to the sites’ heritage and innovative architecture, our design beautifully complements the overall architectural intent. By playing with extruded sections, we were able to create shadow and depth, adding an intriguing effect to the building that changes throughout the day
“The architectural objective strikes a perfect balance here between an active graphic concept and functional form. The reference to the river is perfectly abstracted and the flowing effect is driven by the movement of the sun over time. We were taken by the graphic nature of this primarily architectural project.”
“The animation of the façade utilizing simple, indigenous materials turns architecture into a storytelling medium. Pushing various lengths of pine slats through the fence-like façade allows the sun, as it progresses across the sky, to generate changing patterns that reflect the site’s relationship to the Pine River. An elegant, sophisticated solution.”
“The jury appreciated the multidisciplinary aspect of this project and the way the graphic elements are integrated with the architecture creates a strong impact. The abstract visualization of the river brings an extra and interesting layer to the idea.”
Rob Mirams, Principal of FKM Architects and lead design on the project said, "We greatly value our collaboration with THERE who provided exhaustive research material and excellent creative responses to the project challenges. We will certainly continue to work with THERE on current and future projects".
Garangula Gallery is a privately owned gallery sited in outback NSW and houses an extensive collection of Aboriginal art. As aboriginal art tells a story, the building tells a story through the use of crafted, recycled and locally sourced materials.
Congratulations to all finalists and winners alike.