FJMT and CHROFI recognized at 2015 International Architecture Awards

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Liberty Place by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp was recognized in the awards.

Liberty Place by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp was recognized in the awards. Image: Courtesy of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp.

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Liberty Place by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp involved the design of a public space in Sydney, linking Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street in the city's CBD.

Liberty Place by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp involved the design of a public space in Sydney, linking Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street in the city’s CBD. Image: Courtesy of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp.

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Lune De Sang Shed 1 by CHROFI was built as part of a project on a former dairy farm in Byron Bay, NSW.

Lune De Sang Shed 1 by CHROFI was built as part of a project on a former dairy farm in Byron Bay, NSW. Image: Brett Boardman

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Lune De Sang Shed 1 and 2 by CHROFI are low concrete structures built as part of a project on a former dairy farm.

Lune De Sang Shed 1 and 2 by CHROFI are low concrete structures built as part of a project on a former dairy farm. Image: Brett Boardman

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Inside Lune De Sang Shed 2 by CHROFI, which features timber doors that rotate upwards.

Inside Lune De Sang Shed 2 by CHROFI, which features timber doors that rotate upwards. Image: Brett Boardman

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Stone House by CHROFI, a rural cottage on a former dairy farm that was reimagined by the architects.

Stone House by CHROFI, a rural cottage on a former dairy farm that was reimagined by the architects. Image: Brett Boardman

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Stone House by CHROFI incorporated elements of an existing cottage to create a contemporary dwelling.

Stone House by CHROFI incorporated elements of an existing cottage to create a contemporary dwelling. Image: Brett Boardman

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Four Australian projects from two architecture practices have won prizes at the 2015 International Architecture Awards, with work by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and CHROFI recognized.

The Chicago Athenaeum, the renowned design and architecture museum in the USA, hosted the awards, which recognized over 60 projects from 26 countries. 

Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp won an award for their urban design project, Liberty Place in Sydney.

CHROFI had three winning projects, all at a former dairy farm property in Byron Bay. The winning projects included the low concrete structures Lune De Sang Sheds 1 and 2, and Stone House, a reimagined cottage on the same site.

Urban planning projects, buildings, landscape architecture, and commercial and institutional developments were among the winning projects.

The Chicago Athenaeum president Christian Narkiewicz-Laine applauded the diverse, high quality selection of winners, saying that each project conveyed strong values.

“Form is no longer to be celebrated for its own sake, and architecture in its greatest expression must positively impact institutions, strengthen communities, act sustainably and resiliently, and spark optimism, curiosity, and generosity in the human spirit,” he said.

The USA and Singapore were both well represented at the awards, with six projects from each country making the list.

In 2014 only one Australian practice received an award, with Johnson Pilton Walker Architects winning for their White Bay Cruise Terminal project.

The four winning Australian projects from this year’s 2015 International Architecture Awards were:

Liberty Place – Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Liberty Place by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp involved the design of a public space in Sydney, linking Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street in the city’s CBD. Image:  Courtesy of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp.

Lune De Sang Shed 1 – CHROFI

Lune De Sang Shed 1 by CHROFI was built as part of a project on a former dairy farm in Byron Bay, NSW. Image:  Brett Boardman

Lune De Sang Shed 2 – CHROFI

Lune De Sang Shed 1 and 2 by CHROFI are low concrete structures built as part of a project on a former dairy farm. Image:  Brett Boardman

Stone House – CHROFI

Stone House by CHROFI, a rural cottage on a former dairy farm that was reimagined by the architects. Image:  Brett Boardman

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