Blueprint Awards 2015: The winners

Best Non-Public Use Project - Commercial

Winner: CHROFI, Sydney, Australia
Lune de Sang, New South Wales, Australia

CHROFI, Sydney, Australia

JUDGES COMMENTS
'This design solution demonstrates so well how a simple concept can be developed honestly and with great attention and quality to provide a practical, logical and visually stunning space to meet the most rudimentary of needs.' Phil Hutchinson

Lune de Sang is an inter-generational venture that will see a former dairy farm in northern New South Wales transformed into a sustainably harvested forest. Rather than planting a fast growing crop, various bio-region hardwoods - with long lifespans of between 50 and 300 years - have been chosen to rehabilitate a rainforest landscape.

The two low-lying and discrete concrete sheds designed by CHROFI are the first buildings to be constructed on site, tying in with the long-term vision of Lune de Sang. Shed 1 is the headquarters for the plantation workers and is used to store working vehicles and machinery. It comprises a main workspace where workers can plan the day's activities and a galley kitchen to prepare lunches.

Says CHROFI: 'Calmness pervades the interior enhancing the spatial experience of the building and the landscape beyond. The thermal mass of the concrete and stone adds to the sense of tranquility and makes the interior significantly cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.' Shed 2, on the other hand, has been designed as a storage facility for securely locking up materials and other supplies. The three main sides of the building open up completely to the landscape for maximum flexibility during the handling of large-scale materials. Says CHROFI: 'In the fullness of time, both structures will only be revealed upon arrival. In the meantime, these quiescent structures will continue to look out to the forest waiting for its emergence.'

Commended

Denton Corker Marshall, London, UK Melbourne, Australia
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, UTS, Sydney, Australia

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Emrys Architects, London, UK
Great James Street, London, UK

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EPR Architects, London, UK
24 Savile Row, London, UK

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Jim Stephenson

Foster + Partners, London, UK
Chateau Margaux, Bordeaux, France

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Nigel Young

Seth Stein Architects London, UK and Watson Architecture + Design, Melbourne, Australia
Equestrian Centre, Victoria, Australia

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Lisbeth Grosmann

Finalists

3XN Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark
Swedbank Headquarters, Stockholm, Sweden

Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, Hong Kong, China
Sandcrawler, Singapore

Fletcher Priest Architects, London, UK
Carmelite Riverside, London, UK

Fletcher Priest Architects, London, UK
6 Bevis Marks, London, UK

Jestico + Whiles, London, UK
National Graphene Institute, Manchester, UK

MoreySmith, London, UK
Primark HQ, Dublin, Ireland

Piercy&Company, London, UK
Turnmill, London, UK

Tom Kundig at Olson Kundig, Seattle, US
242 State Street, Los Altos, US

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