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Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

AN ar­chi­tec­tural facelift to a his­toric church in the Mun­dar­ing re­gion has led to an in­ter­na­tional award nom­i­na­tion.

AN ar­chi­tec­tural facelift to a his­toric church in the Mun­dar­ing re­gion has led to the de­sign be­ing a fi­nal­ist for an in­ter­na­tional award.

De­signed by Iredale Ped­er­sen Hook ar­chi­tects, Glen For­rest House + Church was short­listed in the Villa cat­e­gory at the World Ar­chi­tec­ture Fes­ti­val Awards.

The orig­i­nal site in­cluded the first church in the Mun­dar­ing re­gion, which was built in 1903.

The en­try in­cluded the church, a gazebo built in the 1980s and a house all lock­ing to­gether with­out physi- cally touch­ing each other.

Iredale Ped­er­sen Hook di­rec­tor Adrian Iredale said his team was en­cour­aged to push the ar­chi­tec­ture as far as they could.

“Ob­vi­ously hav­ing a church on the site, go­ing from public pos­ses­sion to now pri­vate own­er­ship, that did re­quire us to operate with a cer­tain level of sym­pa­thy in a way,” he said.

“The church be­came a beau­ti­ful cat­a­lyst to help de­mand the way we work on the site with­out po­ten­tially de­stroy­ing the pres­ence of the church.

“If any­thing, what we wanted to do was to re­spect the church and make sure that it had a stronger pres­ence as a re­sult and in some ways bring­ing a more pre­cious­ness through it.”

Mr Iredale said the world was wak­ing up to the state’s ar­chi­tec­ture, with Op­tus Sta­dium among other short­listed fi­nal­ists.

“I think it means we no longer need to look at our­selves be­ing iso­lated and marginalised in a way; ar­chi­tec­ture is get­ting stronger and stronger in WA,” he said.

Award win­ners will be an­nounced in The Nether­lands in Novem­ber.

Picture: Peter Ben­netts

The brick­work on the lower level, orig­i­nally brick walls of the church, an­chor the house to the lower site while con­ceal­ing a garage, stor­age and work­shop.

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