Colour & sustainability is king for Fly Forbo award 2012 winners

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4 June 2012
Colour & sustainability is king for Fly Forbo award 2012 winners
2012 winner - Yum! ‘Delicious Space’ office fit-out by WMK Architecture. Picture by Tyrone Branigan.

Bold use of colour and inspiring sustainability imperatives were hallmarks across the entries in the 2012 Fly Forbo Awards, leaving judges in awe of the designers’ creativity and the commitment from clients to exceed their social and environmental responsibilities.

Overall Australian winner WMK Architecture of Sydney and Melbourne was chosen for its Yum! ‘Delicious Space’ office fit-out.

The inspiring ‘marketplace’ concept for Yum! (the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell), incorporated a graphic depiction of a town plan as part of the floor design, denoting the area as a gathering space for the whole company - a hub where staff can relax, work, meet together and eat together.

“All the finish choices made throughout the fitout had sustainability at the forefront and that’s why Marmoleum was an excellent choice,” said Petra Bonamy, Senior Designer.

“Considering the rigorous demands placed on the area, Yum’s focus on sustainability and the importance of creating a visually descriptive identity for the space, the use of Forbo Marmoleum was a natural choice,” she said.

“The project uses tangible design elements combined with material choice to communicate to Yum’s employees in a positive and symbolic manner that they are there to make a change for the better,” said Wayne Donovan, managing director of Forbo Flooring Systems. “It is a wonderful example of clever and stylish sustainable design in action.”

Co-judge Cameron Bruhn, editorial director Architectural Media, said “This project is a great example of the way urban design ideas are impacting on interior design and making workplaces that are better for people.”


“Fly Forbo Award recognises, celebrates and reward design achievement, and the 2012 competition brought forward some remarkable projects,” said Donovan.

“The use of Marmoleum in so many demonstrates the crucial role of truly sustainable materials by Australia’s and New Zealand’s top designers.”

Commendations have been awarded in Australia to:

  • Harmer Architecture, using Marmoleum - Monash Peninsular Activity & Recreation Centre, in Frankston, Victoria, Australia
  • Suters architects, using Marmoleum - Richmond Tigers Headquarters, Punt Road Oval, Victoria, Australia.
  • McBride Charles Ryan Architects using Marmoleum Striato Nature’s Grain - PEGS Junior Boys, Essendon, Victoria, Australia;
  • White Cube, using Marmoleum – the Zelman Cowen Gallery of Australian Jewish History, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia.
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