Quarter design draws a mixed reaction
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.
The copper cladding along the side of the Karratha Quarter building is popular among local artists and photographers.