Multiple AIA NSW Awards for Surry Hills Library and Community Centre
18 June 2010

The new Surry Hills Library and Community Centre was honoured three times at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2010 NSW Architecture Awards on 18 June. The most awarded building on the night, the project took out the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture, the John Verge Award for Interior Architecture and the Architecture Award for Public Buildings.

The jury said: “The Surry Hills Library and Community Centre delivers a wide range of services including a community library, childcare centre, and meeting spaces over four floors on a modest footprint. Overall, the building presents as a finely crafted piece of joinery, magnified to sit comfortably within the scale of the public domain. The jury was impressed with the project’s commitment to sustainability and the elegant way many of the initiatives have been integrated from first principles into the building form and its operation.” They added: “Surry Hills Library and Community Centre is a confident and considered piece of civic architecture. The building has been warmly embraced by the local community, and the client and the architect are to be commended for their commitment to delivering an exemplary outcome that eschews conventional notions of contemporary public architecture for local communities.”

fjmt acknowledge and thank the City of Sydney for their support and commitment throughout the project as well as the commitment and innovation of our team of consultants.

Read the NSW Architecture Awards: Jury Citations in full for each of the awards.