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FJMTs Surry Hills Library and Community Centre has been recognised in the International category at the 2010 Emilio-Ambasz Awards for Green Architecture.
FJMTs project was awarded second place, behind Ingenhoven Architects European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. This years jury, chaired by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Christoffersen of BIG Group, selected the winners from over 300 entries received from around the world.
The Surry Hills Library and Community Centre integrates sustainable design initiatives into an expressive, contemporary architecture. The energy efficient systems include solar-tracking timber louvres to generate renewable energy and extensive use of natural light and ventilation, simulating biological processes in the design. The project also incorporates natural materials, complementing the bio-mimicry of the design.
FJMTs project has received numerous other environmental awards for the Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, including the UDIA 2009 Environmental Excellence award in NSW; 2009 Winner for Excellence in Construction Award Public Buildings ($10-25 million) from the Master Builders Association NSW; and was a 2009 Finalist for the International UN World Environment Day Award.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.