Clinic builds up for awards

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

The strik­ing Kar­ratha GP Su­per Clinic build­ing has caught the eye of award judges and is in the run­ning for two sets of ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign honours.

The con­tem­po­rary and colour­ful de­sign of the clinic, built just over a year ago, has seen it se­lected as one of four WA fi­nal­ists for the Aus­tralia and New Zealand-wide Du­lux Colour Awards, which cel­e­brate the cre­ative use of colour in de­sign.

It has also made the WA short list for the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects’ Awards in the pub­lic build­ing cat­e­gory.

CODA Stu­dio di­rec­tor Kieran Wong, who di­rected the Su­per Clinic de­sign pro­ject, said its colour­ful fea­tures and geometric pat­terns were in­tended to liven up what could oth­er­wise have been a plain in­sti­tu­tional build­ing and help make pa­tients feel at ease.

“The build­ing on the out­side talks to the hills and the so­lid­ity of the city cen­tre, and it has a num­ber of coloured el­e­ments carved into the build­ing. So you have an aus­tere out­side and a very wel­com­ing in­te­rior,” he said.

“We wanted to make peo­ple feel com­fort­able and to help them en­joy their ex­pe­ri­ences be­ing in­side the clinic, and that seems to be the feed­back we’ve had from staff and clients.

“We’ve heard some pa­tients call it their ‘rain­bow build­ing’, which is re­ally a beau­ti­ful way of de­scrib­ing the build­ing.” Mr Wong said the stu­dio had drawn heav­ily on the clinic’s nat­u­ral sur­rounds to make it a build­ing “re­ally for and from Kar­ratha”.

“It’s colour­ful, it’s fun and it’s a re­sponse to the dif­fer­ent colours you can see in the Kar­ratha hills — the greens, pur­ples and pinks, we took from the land­scape around,” he said.

“The in­te­rior has a crys­talline feel­ing, it’s quite geometric, and that’s re­spond­ing to some of the rock forms in the Kar­ratha hills.”

CODA Stu­dios also de­signed Kar­ratha’s Pam Buchanan Fam­ily Cen­tre.

The Du­lux Colour Award win­ners will be an­nounced in Mel­bourne on May 10 and the WA Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects’ Awards are due to an­nounced in June.

Pic­ture: Peter Ben­netts

The Kar­ratha GP Su­per Clinic build­ing has been named a fi­nal­ist for an Aus­tralian and New Zealand de­sign award.

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