Stadium sets design standard
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.