2019 National Architecture Awards: National Commendation for Public Architecture

Port of Sale by FJMT.

Jury citation

Port of Sale is an important project that supports both community life and tourism in the small Victorian regional city of Sale. The architecture breathes life and lightness into an existing brutalist building, combining a regional art gallery, a library, council chambers, community meeting spaces, an information centre and a cafe within a single facility. The transformation of two existing courtyards into significant public rooms as the basis of the project’s organization is effective and resourceful. The integration of new services throughout is deft, and interventions to balance light with view, open the interiors to the broader context and realize strategic civic connections to the Sale waterfront are skilfully executed.

Port of Sale is located in Sale, Victoria and is built on the land of the Brayakaulung people of the Gunaikurnai nation.


Project Team
Richard Francis-Jones (design architect), Geoff Croker (principal), Louise Goodman (associate), Anne-Marie Cooke, Sophie Coquet, Fleur Downey, Tom Goodchild, Bradley Kerr, Julien Ahching (designers)
Accessibility consultant Before Compliance
Acoustic consultant Resonate Acoustics
Builder Melbcon
Building surveyor Certis
Civil, structural, vertical transport and traffic engineer TTW
Geotechnical consultants Douglas Partners
Kitchen consultant Mariljohn
Land surveyor Beveridge Williams
Landscape architect TCL
Mechanical, hydraulic, fire and ESD engineer Meinhardt
Principal certifying authority Wellington Shire Council
Wayfinding Design By Pidgeon, The View from Here
Site details
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Adaptive re-use, Public / civic
Project Details



Published online: 7 Nov 2019
Words: 2019 National Awards Jury
Images: John Gollings


Architecture Australia, November 2019

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