Celilo Springs | Western Architecture Studio

Celilo Springs | Western Architecture Studio | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Celilo Springs | Western Architecture Studio

Traditional Land Owners
Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

Western Australia

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Sustainable Architecture
Andrew Boyne
Peter Bennetts
Project summary

Sustainability must be the absolute priority of architecture. But technical sustainability is not enough. The world’s highest uptake of rooftop solar in Western Australia hasn’t slowed the destruction of the banksia woodland, nor will mandated 7-star energy ratings do anything for the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo. CO2 reduction is essential, but immediate and more achievable conservation is forgotten due to the malaise of a population that has been disconnected from place.

Celilo Springs is a single-family home built on a subdivided site in inner Perth. It is an architecture in pursuit of complete immersion in its local context. With the objective of re-engaging the occupants with place. A small house, settled amongst a garden planted with only Western Australian species. filled with bird song and frog calls. hand-built by the owner and their family, using local materials; with stories and memories woven through the building fabric.

A house for Western Australia.

National Architecture Awards Accolades
Colorbond® National Commendation for Steel Architecture
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Western Australia Architecture Awards Accolades
COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Commendation for Sustainable Architecture
The Marshall Clifton Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) (WA)
Western Australia Jury Presentation

After moving into Celilo Springs, I spend my weekend nights in as opposed to going out. I spend more of my free time outside than inside. My husband and I eat dinner at the dining table with the tv off, and spend more time together after we get home from work. I greet the early daylight hours with more enthusiasm, and I allow myself the time to stop and take in beautiful moments around me like birds chasing each other or the sunlight casting shadows on the ceiling. For the first time in my life, home is my favourite place.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Clair Greenhill, Interior Landscape Consultant
CORSA Lighting, Lighting Consultant
Ecorate WA, ESD Consultant
Erica Boyne, Historian
Forth Consulting, Structural Engineer
Froster Engineering, Services Consultant
Peritas Group, Civil Consultant
Pierre Quesnel, Landscape Consultant
Steellane, Steel Fabricator / designer

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