Cen­te­nar­ian makeover takes out top de­sign award

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Liftout: News -

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. ■

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