Centenarian makeover takes out top design award
A RENOVATION of a 100-year-old residence in Mt Lawley has won the most prestigious prize at this year’s Building Designers Association of WA Design Awards.
Dubbed The Wasley, the extension project designed by Janik Dalecki, of Dalecki Design, was handed the Design Excellence Award on Saturday for its exceptional design execution.
“The Wasley House by Dalecki Design demonstrates a clear understanding of the clients’ brief and, as a result, the designer has been able to create a restrained, sympathetic response to the alteration and addition of this home,” the judges said.
“From the restoration of the front veranda – seamless to the existing building envelope – to the rectilinear box insertions creating the new spaces and rooms, the modifications are neat and strong without being detracting or overpowering.
“The master retreat was a particularly nice touch.”
The heritage-listed Federation residence was also named the best residential alteration/addition valued between $350,000 and $800,000 and was highly commended in the best heritage design category.
The most wins on the night went to the restoration and renovation of The Guildford Hotel by Adrian Fratelle, from Fratelle Group, which won five gongs and was a finalist for the Design Excellence Award.
Fresh from a commendation at the WA Architecture Awards, Fratelle Group took home awards for best heritage design, best non-residential interior design, best sustainable commercial design, best public building design and best commercial alteration/addition valued over $1 million.
The project was praised for its use of the existing material in the 134year-old building, including features damaged by fire in 2008.
BDAWA president and Attic Salt founder Sam Payne said a growing public interest in design had translated into a high calibre of entries in this year’s awards.
“Our Design Excellence winner, Janik Dalecki, joins the growing cohort of young professional BDAWA members aged under 30. This illustrates an upward shift in the base level of design skill that our members possess and it is a refreshing and exciting time to be a part of the BDAWA family,” he said.
“Our entries are also illustrating a trend in design changes – over the next year we can expect to see more customisation, compact solutions and adaptability in our home designs.
“Clients want spaces that reflect their uniqueness and allow them to grow, shift and flex to suit changing living and working conditions.”
For a full list of winners, visit www.communitynews.com.au. ■