Store ready to soar

Lisa Hol­land-Mc­Nair ex­am­ines the new DFO re­tail cen­tre, an en­trant in this year’s WA Ar­chi­tec­ture Awards

The West Australian - - PROPERTY -

With its prox­im­ity to the Perth Air­port, it is not sur­pris­ing the look of the DFO is in­spired by flight, us­ing WAde­signed and man­u­fac­tured steel to rep­re­sent the struc­ture of a bird’s wing.

Ar­chi­tec­ture firm Tay­lor Robin­son Chaney Brod­er­ick worked closely with builder Ge­or­giou Group and clients Perth Air­port and Vicin­ity to de­sign the build­ing, which is the first ven­ture in the new rail­way re­tail precinct.

Di­rec­tor Gra­ham Tay­lor said it was not only vis­ually dis­tinc­tive but also de­signed to give the cus­tomer a smooth, log­i­cal, ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Many DFOs are set up in ex­ist­ing build­ings but we had a chance to de­sign this one from scratch, tak­ing into ac­count the shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence peo­ple were af­ter as well as build­ing a struc­ture that cap­tured and re­flected its lo­ca­tion,” he said.

“The aim was to have the de­sign drivers, both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal to the build­ing, cap­ture the romance of travel and the con­cept of man-made flight ver­sus flight in na­ture.”

Steel plays an es­sen­tial role in re­in­forc­ing the many de­sign drivers of the build­ing and is not just lim­ited to the su­per­struc­ture.

“Tri­an­gu­lated bow­string steel trusses flank the build­ing’s spine and are vis­i­ble from all parts of the mall, in­clud­ing when you are in­side and you look up through the ex­posed ceil­ing,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“All glaz­ing sup­ported by steel fram­ing and the repet­i­tive shopfronts ... ac­cen­tu­ate the build­ing’s shed aes­thetic.

“It was very en­joy­able work­ing with Perth Air­port, Vicin­ity and Ge­or­giou with strong col­lab­o­ra­tion from the ideas and con­cept de­vel­op­ment through to en­sur­ing a top-qual­ity prod­uct.”

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