Top hotel design rises from ashes
THE restored Guildford Hotel attracted the most wins at the Building Designers Association of WA awards on Saturday.
Led by Adrian Fratelle, of the Fratelle Group, the project won five gongs and was a finalist for the Design Excellence Award.
Fresh from a commendation at the WA Architecture Awards, Fratelle Group took home awards for best heritage design, best non-residential interior design, best sustainable commercial design, best public building design and best commercial alteration-addition valued more than $1 million.
The project was praised for its use of the existing material in the 134-yearold building, including features damaged by fire in 2008. “The commitment to retaining as much of the existing building and its elements is apparent, with strong emphasis on the raw and almost brutal past of the building,” the judges said.
“Artefacts salvaged from the fire and uncovered during the reconstruction have been tastefully reintegrated and displayed respectfully, despite the additional work and unforeseen cost involved.”
Association president and Attic Salt founder Sam Payne said a growing public interest in design had translated into a high calibre of entries in this year’s awards.
The Guildford interior.