Store ready to soar
Lisa Holland-McNair examines the new DFO retail centre, an entrant in this year’s WA Architecture Awards
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.”