Casey Cultural Precinct
fjmt wins $125 million Casey Cultural Precinct design competition with contemporary architecture
Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) has won Victoria’s $125 million Casey Cultural Precinct design competition, beating practices Lyons and ARM, Denton Corker Marshall and John Wardle Architects to bring its striking designs to life.
Selected by a four-member design jury comprising industry professionals and Council representatives, the firm’s proposed design draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape, local culture and history of the precinct.
A blend of material sequences and outdoor spaces integrates the landscape with the design of the buildings, forming the common thread linking together the distinct spaces – the 800-seat performing arts centre, regional art gallery, civic centre and council offices, and community plaza.
As visitors arrive, they will be greeted by ‘eagle wings’ branching out over the entry of the building. The distinctive winged roof form of steel and timber embraces the centre and its community both physically and symbolically. From the south-west corner, this design creates an instantly recognisable statement on the corner of Princes Highway and Magid Drive.