WA’S BEST RECOGNISED AT AWARDS
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.