Willetton SHS a stunning lesson in architectural design
THE education sector has come up trumps at this year’s Australian Institute of Architects WA architecture awards, with Willetton Senior High School bestowed with the night’s highest accolade.
The George Temple Poole Award was presented to Hassell for the high school’s design on Friday, June 23, at the awards presentation at Crown Towers.
The design was commended for its significant contribution to the advancement of educational architecture in WA.
“The Willetton Senior High School project embodies architecture at the service of its community with its ability to enrich the lives of the students, teachers and staff who use the buildings,” the judges said.
“Its new facilities have been weaved into the existing 1970s campus, which has resulted in an exceptional architectural outcome within the confines of the site and budgetary constraints.”
Hassell was also recognised for the school’s design with the Hillson Beasley Award for Educational Architecture.
The East Pilbara Arts Centre by Officer Woods Architects stood out as one of several regional projects to impress the judges, receiving the Jeffery Howlett Award for Public Architecture and commendations for sustainable architecture and the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture.
South-west projects fared well, with Boranup House by MORQ handed the Marshall Clifton Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New), while Eagle Bay House by Matthew Crawford Architects with Rosie Burton was given an Architecture Award in the residential alterations and additions category.
In the city, Elizabeth Quay stood out, with the John Septimus Roe Award for Urban Design going to architects ARM and TCL.
“The 2017 WA Architecture Awards showcase the rich and unique outcomes that can come from clever design, no matter what the budget, site or location of the project,” AIA WA president Suzanne Hunt said.
“WA students and the next generation are so vital to our future, so we were thrilled to award Willetton Senior High School by Hassell with the prestigious accolade and thoroughly impressed with other entries in the category.”
All WA Named and Architecture Award winners will progress to the AIA National Awards on November 2 to be judged against the very best works from across the country.
See page 21 for a full list of winners. ■
Regional entry Eagle Bay House by Matthew Crawford Architects with Rose Burton won in the residential alterations and additions category.
The Jeffery Howlett Award for Public Architecture was handed to Officer Woods Architects for the East Pilbara Arts Centre.
The Marshall Clifton Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) went to MORQ for a project in Boranup in the South-west.
This year’s George Temple Poole award went to Hassell for its redesign of Willetton Senior High School.
The John Septimus Roe Award for Urban Design was given to ARM with TCL for the design of Elizabeth Quay.