Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

Sharley and Sil­ver Thomas Han­ley, was given a Com­men­da­tion in the Pub­lic Ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory, while Mos­man Park’s re­fur­bished Love Story shop by MORQ re­ceived a Com­men­da­tion in the Small Project Ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory.

AIA WA chap­ter pres­i­dent Philip Grif­fiths de­scribed Coun­cil House as “a tes­ta­ment to our State’s ar­chi­tec­ture and his­tory” and said that it came close to be­ing lost for­ever in the 1990s.

“Just 30 years af­ter its open­ing, build­ing de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and the pres­ence of as­bestos led to a line of thought that it should be de­mol­ished and the site re­de­vel- oped,” he told Res­i­den­tial. “The AIA and its mem­bers were pas­sion­ate sup­port­ers of the build­ing’s sig­nif­i­cance and led the cam­paign for its re­ten­tion and con­ser­va­tion. Thank­fully, it was a view that pre­vailed.

“Now the build­ing is con­served, adapted for con­tem­po­rary use and sparkling once more. I think ev­ery­one would agree that sav­ing this im­por­tant place was the right thing to do.”

Other high­lights of Thurs­day’s pres­ti­gious event in­cluded Mel­bourne’s Gal­leries of Re­mem­brance by ARM Ar­chi­tec­ture, which won the Sir Zel­man Cowen Award for Pub­lic Ar­chi­tec­ture.

Plan­chonella House, a Cairns home nes­tled in the tree­tops of the sur­round­ing rain­for­est, won the Robin Boyd Award in the Res­i­den­tial Ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory.

“Here is an ar­chi­tect, builder, in­ven­tor and an in­te­rior in­no­va­tor at their com­bined best,” the jury said of Jesse Ben­nett, the master­mind be­hind the home.

“The house of­ten ap­pears raw be­cause of the di­rect­ness of its ma­te­ri­als but it is highly so­phis­ti­cated and in­ven­tive.”

WA’s recog­nised build­ings: Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal’s main build­ing, Perth Coun­cil House and Love Story Bou­tique in Mos­man Park.

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