Sta­dium sets de­sign stan­dard

Cockburn Gazette - - RESIDENTIAL -

OPTUS Sta­dium earned the high­est over­all hon­our at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects’ 2018 WA Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards, which re­cently took place at St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral.

De­signed as a joint ven­ture by Has­sell, Cox and HKS, the sta­dium re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Ge­orge Tem­ple Poole Award and was recog­nised as a city­defin­ing ar­chi­tec­tural icon, of­fer­ing a “fans first” experience for WA sport and en­ter­tain­ment events.

“The Optus Sta­dium project ex­cels as an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of a multi-sports and en­ter­tain­ment in­fra­struc­ture, cre­at­ing an iconic ar­chi­tec­tural en­try state­ment to the city,” the jury said.

“The fa­cade de­liv­ers the grav­i­tas of a global city des­ti­na­tion with­out sac­ri­fic­ing user experience.

“Vis­i­tors are drawn to the struc­ture and reap the ben­e­fits of the thought­ful, holis­tic ap­proach to ar­rival, nav­i­ga­tion, experience and de­par­ture.”

Optus Sta­dium re­ceived an­other four awards: the Jef­frey Howlett Award for Pub­lic Ar­chi­tec­ture, Wal­lace Green­ham Award for Sus­tain­able Ar­chi­tec­ture, Mon­doluce Light­ing Award and Color­bond Award for Steel Ar­chi­tec­ture. An­other ma­jor win­ner was the Cado­gan Song School by Palas­sis Ar­chi­tects, which won the Mar­garet Pitt Mori­son Award for Her­itage, as well as the Julius Elis­cher Award for In­te­rior Ar­chi­tec­ture.

The jury said the project mas­ter­fully re­solved the con­nec­tion be­tween three sig­nif­i­cant yet en­tirely sep­a­rate her­itage build­ings, deal­ing with com­plex level changes and a tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing acous­tic brief with sim­plic­ity and pre­ci­sion.

It also re­ceived an ar­chi­tec­ture award in the pub­lic ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory and a com­men­da­tion for the Mon­doluce Light­ing Award. The Scar­bor­ough Beach Pool by Chris­tou De­sign Group re­ceived the John Sep­ti­mus Roe Award for Ur­ban De­sign.

“Pro­vid­ing a com­mu­nity-fo­cused tran­si­tion be­tween ur­ban and recre­ational land­scapes, the pool en­hances the pub­lic realm through the ex­cep­tional use of spa­ces, lev­els, tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments, ser­vices and views,” the jury said. In the res­i­den­tial cat­e­gories, Or­ange Ave by vit­ti­noAshe re­ceived the Peter Over­man Award for Res­i­den­tial Ar­chi­tec­ture (al­ter­ations and ad­di­tions). The changes to the semide­tached home in a small his­tor­i­cal precinct re­tain the char­ac­ter of the orig­i­nal while trans­form­ing its func­tion­al­ity. The Mar­shall Clifton Award for Res­i­den­tial Ar­chi­tec­ture – Houses (New) went to 1437 In­side Out House by Craig Steere Ar­chi­tects. The Cottes­loe home in­cludes a clear glass box form on the ground floor with walls that re­tract into cav­i­ties.

The Harold Krantz Award for Res­i­den­tial Ar­chi­tec­ture – Houses (Mul­ti­ple Hous­ing) went to The Bot­t­le­yard by MJA Stu­dio.

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