Quar­ter de­sign draws a mixed re­ac­tion

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Louise Alling­ham

More fences are com­ing down around the Kar­ratha Quar­ter as it nears com­ple­tion, re­veal­ing its de­sign to lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

Lo­cal artists, pho­tog­ra­phers and creative minds have shared their opin­ions of the de­sign with the

Pil­bara News, most of which were pos­i­tive.

Ex­mouth artist and for­mer Kar­ratha res­i­dent Eleanor Killen said the de­sign had grown on her.

“I re­ally like how they’ve drawn on as­pects of the Pil­bara land­scape and cli­mate in the de­sign, par­tic­u­larly the pin­dan tones of the cop­per cladding and am­ple shaded ar­eas,” she said.

Red Dirt Cam­era Club mem­bers were com­pli­men­tary of the cladding along the out­side of the build­ing and the yel­low “cy­clone” swirls.

Ms Killen said al­though she liked how the build­ing had meshed as­pects of the sur­round­ing land­scape into the de­sign, it is dif­fi­cult to en­com­pass all the Pil­bara el­e­ments into one com­mer­cial de­sign.

“A rich on­go­ing in­dige­nous cul­ture ex­ists against a pas­toral back­drop, which are both en­twined with a huge re­source in­dus­try,” she said.

“Not to men­tion the flora, fauna, marine and ter­res­trial landscapes of the Pil­bara, which are quite amaz­ing in them­selves.

“Land­corp def­i­nitely have their work cut out for them in en­com­pass­ing all of this!” Chris­tine Sewell, of the Red Dirt Cam­era Club, said time would give the build­ing a more Pil­bara aes­thetic.

“Give it a few months and it’ll look very Pil­bara — it’ll be red!” she said.

Al­though the con­sen­sus is mainly pos­i­tive, the Quar­ter de­sign has not gone with­out its crit­i­cisms.

Red Dirt Cam­era Club mem­ber Sue Stan­ton said she would have liked to have seen more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly de­sign as­pects.

“I would have liked to have seen some green op­tions in the build­ing — low power con­sump­tion and plants grow­ing up the walls,” she said.

The Kar­ratha Quar­ter will be of­fi­cially opened on June 3.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

The cop­per cladding along the side of the Kar­ratha Quar­ter build­ing is pop­u­lar among lo­cal artists and pho­tog­ra­phers.

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