ARCHITECTURE’S BEST HONOURED
TWO significant Perth CBD projects were recognised with the highest overall honour at last week’s Australian Institute of Architects 2016 WA Architecture Awards.
The George Temple Poole Award was jointly presented to the City of Perth Library & Public Plaza and The State Buildings, judging them worthiest among all award winners.
This is the first time in the history of the WA Architecture Awards that there have been two winners for the prestigious prize.
Both projects form part of the Cathedral Square precinct and were designed by Kerry Hill Architects, with Palassis Architects as the heritage architects on board for The State Buildings project.
Faced with the dilemma of choosing between the two exceptional works, the jury felt it had no alternative but to set the precedent and to give the joint award.
In addition to the George Temple Poole Award, The City of Perth Library & Public Plaza won The Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture and a commendation in the interior architecture category, while The State Buildings took out The Margaret Pitt Morison Award for Heritage and the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture.
The projects joined several other winning Perth city projects including the Cloisters Square redevelopment by The Buchan Group, which was awarded The John Septimus Roe Award for Urban Design, and Como The Treasury also by Kerry Hill Architects, which was a joint victor in the Mondoluce Lighting Award and The Wallace Greenham Award for Sustainable Architecture.
Spaceagency stood out as one of the biggest winners of the night, taking The Marshall Clifton Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) for a project on Victoria Avenue, Dalkeith; The Harold Krantz Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing for the Knutsford project in Fremantle, and The Ross Chisholm & Gil Nicol Award for Commercial Architecture for its design of the Alex Hotel in Northbridge.
The practice also received two architecture awards in the heritage and interior architecture categories as well as a commendation in the steel architecture category for its work on Petition in The State Buildings.
In the residential categories, a Mt Lawley attraction, dubbed the Camino House and well known for its chimney-like extension, took home The Peter Overman Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations & Additions).
Now in its second year and recognising projects that have withstood the test of time and remained important in a contemporary context, the Enduring Architecture Award went to the Perth Concert Hall by Howlett and Bailey Architects.
The award was also this year renamed to recognise the work of longserving public works architect Richard Roach Jewell.
“The great-great-grandfather of Perth businesswoman and philanthropist Janet Holmes à Court, Jewell was responsible for many prominent buildings that were built in the mid-19th century including The Deanery, the original Perth Railway Station, and the east and west wings of The State Buildings,” AIA WA president Philip Griffiths said.
“I think it is certainly very fitting to dedicate the award to Jewell’s important work, much of which still stands today.”
Top left, The State Buildings in Perth; top right, the Alex Hotel; middle right, Knutsford Stage 1 in Fremantle and bottom right Camino House in Mt Lawley. Bottom left is the City of Perth Library & Public Plaza.