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East Pil­bara Arts Cen­tre took out a pres­ti­gious award and two Kar­ratha projects re­ceived com­men­da­tions at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects’ 2017 WA Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards.

De­signed by Fre­man­tle-based ar­chi­tec­ture firm Of­fi­cer Woods, New­man’s East Pil­bara Arts Cen­tre won the Jef­fery Howlett Award for public ar­chi­tec­ture at a cer­e­mony in Perth on Fri­day, June 23.

The Kar­ratha Su­per Clinic re­ceived com­men­da­tion for the Jef­fery Howlett Award and Dampier Com­mu­nity Hub was also com­mended for the Color­bond Award for steel ar­chi­tec­ture.

The arts cen­tre also re­ceived com­men­da­tions in the sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory and the Color­bond Award for steel ar­chi­tec­ture.

Of­fi­cer Woods direc­tor Jen­nie Of­fi­cer said the busi­ness was thrilled with the re­sult.

“The project was ini­ti­ated by Mar­tu­mili Artists, who wanted an ex­cel­lent gallery and cen­tral hub for their or­gan­i­sa­tion, which rep­re­sents self-em­ployed artists spread across seven re­mote Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties in the east­ern Pil­bara,” Ms Of­fi­cer said.

“It was a priv­i­lege to have been able to help Mar­tu­mili artists in their com­mit­ment to keep­ing cul­ture strong and we are also re­ally pleased that a re­gional rather than Perth-based project was recog­nised and awarded the best public build­ing in the State in 2017.” The jury’s comments recog­nised the build­ing was wel­com­ing in a land­scape set­ting and ac­knowl­edged its com­bi­na­tion of state-of-the-art gallery with flex­i­ble, gen­er­ous work­ing spa­ces, its ver­sa­til­ity and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

Ms Of­fi­cer said the arts cen­tre was Of­fi­cer Woods’ first Pil­bara project and hope­fully not its last.

“We have com­pleted con­cept de­signs for public build­ings in New­man and Mu­ru­juga and have been in­volved in built form guid­ance for Cos­sack and Kar­ratha,” Ms Of­fi­cer said.

“We hope this com­pleted project won’t be our last.”

In its 10 years, the Fre­man­tle-based prac­tice has won State and na­tional awards for sus­tain­able de­sign, sin­gle and multiple res­i­den­tial prop­erty and ad­di­tions and al­ter­ations.

Es­tab­lished in 2007, Of­fi­cer Woods takes on public, res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial work in metropoli­tan and re­gional WA.

Kar­ratha Su­per Clinic and Dampier Com­mu­nity Hub have been suc­cess­ful in sev­eral in­dus­try awards, in­clud­ing the Du­lux Colour Awards and the Kim­ber­ley-Pil­bara 2017 Master Builder Awards.

Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects WA pres­i­dent Suzanne Hunt said the awards show­cased the rich out­comes that could come from clever de­sign, no mat­ter what the bud­get, lo­ca­tion or site of the project.

All the win­ners of the awards will progress to the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects’ na­tional awards later this year.

Pic­ture: Pil­bara Site Pics

Pin­dan was awarded for its work on the Dampier Com­mu­nity Hub.

Pic­ture: Robert Frith/Acorn Photo

East Pil­bara Arts Cen­tre won a gong at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects’ 2017 WA Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards.

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