The Qantas Campus at Mascot has picked up three gongs in the annual Master Builders of Australia Excellence in Construction Award.
Sydney company FDC Construction & Fitout took home the trophies for their work on the complex, which gave a much-needed make-over to the site.
First up was Best Refurbishment/Renovation/Extension with a tag of $50 million or above.
The project ?united? ?three previously unconnected buildings "with a stunning glazed structure" said FDC. "The connected design now provides a valuable and engaging public space, which enables the community to connect and grow."
FDC also got gold for Best Fitout over $20 million for what the judges praised as "a most spectacular job... without exception the finishes are quite extraordinary."
There was a third stroll to the podium for Best Use of Glass in recognition of the extensive use of glass throughout the unified campus, which not only allows natural light to flood the space but also provides a free source of heat.
Connecting the buildings is a four-storey atrium, which creates a zone dubbed 'the street'.
The design work was carried out by Architectus and allows for "balconies and office pods" to extend into the atrium space.
Sydney company Frost Design created a signage and graphics system so that "each of the buildings becomes street addresses", according to Frost’s Head of Environments Carlo Giannasca, "with precincts along the street, such as the reception lounge, theatre and bistro."
Australian Business Traveller can also attest that the adjoining cafe, which is open to members of the public, serves a fine Toby's Estate flat white.
Earlier this year the Qantas Singapore Lounge was also honoured with an international design award, taking out top spot in the Professional Interior Design category for lounge designers Felice Carlino of Sumu Design, David Caon from Caon Studio Australia and Pei Yin Loh fro PDM International Singapore.
The judging panel of the International Design Awards cited the Qantas Singapore Lounge as "celebrating the vibrant nature of the Singapore outdoor hawker centre dining and its chic lifestyle. The aim was to encapsulate the atmosphere, lifestyle and everyday life of Singapore."
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