Top ho­tel de­sign rises from ashes

Midland Reporter - - News -

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.

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