Wil­let­ton SHS a stun­ning les­son in ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Liftout -

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.

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