Iconic Joint Ventures Reign at WA Architecture Awards

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
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Two joint venture projects in Perth have taken home multiple awards at the Australian Institute of Architect’s WA Architecture Awards.

The iconic Perth Arena, a collaboration between ARM Architects and Cameron Chisholm Nicol received the highest overall honour, the George Temple Poole Award.

“Visually the Perth Arena is a building that delivers an aesthetic unlike anything previously existing in Western Australia and regardless of whether it is revered or relived it generates enormous interest and stands as an outstanding example of what architects contribute to the built environment,” the jury noted of the winning project.

“The architects have delivered a building of great visual complexity, outstanding functionality, a building that has captured the imagination of the general public and delivers for Perth an iconic piece of public infrastructure.

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Winner: Perth Arena by ARM Architects and Cameron Chisholm Nicol

The arena, which was first announced in 2005 and only completed last year created considerable controversy for its contemporary façade which features a series of angled triangles, as well as for its cost.

The geometric façade was inspired by inventor Christopher Monckton’s eternity puzzle, a 209-piece triangle-based game, and the 12‐sided Round House in Fremantle, the oldest public building in Western Australia.

“Every façade presents a new dynamic,” ARM said of the building’s exterior.

Today, the arena is considered a landmark for Western Australia. It seats up to 15,000 people and features 36 corporate boxes and a retractable roof for sporting matches. The roof can be opened in as little as seven minutes, encouraging natural light to cover the central court.

ARM has compared the arena to the ancient Greek myth of the Trojan Horse, calling it “an object of desire, dragged into great triumph and allowed to bring its rampage of entertainment with it.”

Designed as a multi-purpose space, it also houses five major event rooms along with food and beverage outlets and a 700-space car park.

Brookfield Complex

Winner: Brookfield Complex, HASSELL and Fitzpatrick + Partners

The Perth Arena also secured the Jeffrey Howlett Award for Public Architecture, the COLOURBOND® Award for Steel Architecture and an Architecture Award in the Interior Architecture Category.

Also celebrating multiple wins for their design collaboration were HASSELL and Fitzpatrick + Partners for a major city development in Perth, Brookfield Place.

Brookfield Place won the Margaret Pitt Morison Award for Heritage, the John Septimus Roe Award for Urban Design and the Ross Chisholm and Gil Nicol Award for Commercial Architecture.

The urban development features a high-rise office tower which is home to BHP Billiton, along with a surrounding precinct featuring retail, food and beverage.

The project successfully demonstrates the merging of modern and historic architecture where four heritage buildings were integrated with a modern tower and designed public spaces.

HASSELL described the heritage buildings as the primary inspiration when designing the 16-storey tower and surrounding precinct, choosing to respect the scale of the high-rise while creating an icon that has redefined the Perth skyline.

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Brookfield Complex Incorporates Heritage Building

The project covers a 30,000 square metre block which was previously dormant and includes alfresco spaces, open plaza spaces, high quality paving, furniture and finishes throughout the site.

HASSELL said the project celebrates “the modern and historical nature of the site, the public realm bridges the gap between the two creating a series of spaces that compliment the nature of the surrounding built environment.”

All Western Australian Names and Architecture Award winners will progress with other state finalists to the Australian Institute of Architects National Awards to be held this November.

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