AR­CHI­TEC­TURE’S BEST HON­OURED

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - RESIDENTIAL -

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.

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