Congratulations to Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT), the team behind the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre (BLaKC), which took home three awards at the NSW Architecture Awards announced at Sydney’s Town Hall on 2 July 2015.
From a very talented shortlist of 79 projects, Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre took home the:
- John Verge Award for Interior Architecture;
- Sustainable Architecture Award; and
- Public Architecture Commendation.
Junglefy collaborated with FJMT on the design of the 9.5m high interior breathing green wall. The first of its kind in Australia, it uses natural convection to draw air up through a plenum located behind the green wall. The air from the library is drawn in over the plants, which both converts carbon dioxide to oxygen via a photosynthesis/microbe process and removes volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air.
The awards are a stepping stone to the National Architecture Awards, announced in November.