Spinifex Hill Project Space | Officer Woods

At the northern apex of the SpinifexHillStudios site, this independent multipurpose building transforms an existing garden into a secluded courtyard. Conceived as both a building in the round/courtyard companion to existing artists’ studio, its tall form addresses a main road and low form dips down to garden. Built to three boundaries with an ‘eye–lash verandah’ roof, the resulting form is varied and enigmatic. Materially austere and tautly detailed, the building reads as a sculptural object in a regional suburban field: announcing itself as a small cultural offering. The project fosters greater economic opportunities as well as cultural engagement for Kariyarra people. It supports the notion that when strong culture is supported by strong social and physical infrastructure, it leads to stronger, healthier communities.

St Barbara Square Kalgoorlie Central Canopy | iredale pedersen hook architects with ASPECT Studios, ETC Solutions and Terpkos Engineering

St Barbara Square Kalgoorlie transforms rear laneway service and adjacent space into a new “Kalgoorlie Heart”. Kurturtu is a highly activated public space, that pulses with the energy of the region and community, offering facilities and new experiences for all people. The new design carefully stitches together existing access points while weaving in new city connections. This is bound by a collection of site and city specific narratives that reveal the unique qualities of Kalgoorlie – Boulder.

Conceptually, the square brings to the surface the ancient geological formations. The central canopy becomes a place of destination, water becomes a catalyst for play, meeting, and gathering. The central canopy titled; “Hovering Earth” is the lifting of earth to reveal “what lies below”. A golden seam and perforated contours hover precariously above creating awe and delight; sound, misting and lighting activate and invite one to participate and become part of this spectacle.

Shenton Park Residence | Ross McAndrew Architect

By excavating into the existing sloping block a low-profile house was developed that provided the client with all the accommodation required without dominating the streetscape. This was particularly important given the proximity to Lake Jualbup and the site being a corner block. The main living floor of the house floats above the footpath providing privacy to the outdoor living areas while maximizing the outlook. The thin concrete canopies provide the protection needed for outdoor living at all times of the year while also enhancing the linear nature of the design.
The retaining works and landscaping have also ensured the house sits comfortably in the street without the need for a traditional fence as a barrier.
The incorporation of energy efficient glazing, heating and cooling powered by solar panels and consideration for cross-ventilation allows the home to be a comfortable environment while having a reduced environmental impact.

Six Chimney House | Vokes and Peters

Improving early twentieth century housing is a recurring project type which calls for an appropriate response to the specific and evolving societal, cultural, environmental and economic contexts.
The palette of the heritage–listed interwar bungalow was adapted and abstracted in the new works. Each trade is elaborated in the composition, in the manner of the arts and crafts movement.
The elevated ‘Street Terrace’ maintains the leafy character of the neighbourhood. By placing the new kitchen into the former front room, the social life of the family spills out onto the street terrace and enables one to feel a part of the city.
The ‘City Terrace’ is a private outdoor space that offers an unexpected place of prospect.
A façade of many windows sits in constant dialogue with the panoramic view of Perth CBD.
The ‘Sunken Garden’ is imagined as a cool, shady forest supporting biodiversity and idealising the presence of nature.

South Perth House | Simon Pendal Architect

An existing 1930’s Arts and Crafts bungalow has been restored and extended. Passing through the centre of the original house the interior of the new addition is thick (like a castle) but is mostly white, fluid and undulating. Light rolls around soft curves. The addition is a long sequence of rooms – the floors cascade down the natural fall of the site. There is one room per level divided by short runs of four or five steps each. The rooms contract, expand and contract in scale depending on the intimacy required in each space. Floors in each room offer a material density in contrast to the billowing white interior of walls and ceilings above. Each room is correlated to a different sequence of gardens – a pool, a shady summer clearing and an outdoor living room under a concrete rotunda.

Sam Kerr Football Centre | Carabiner Architects Pty Ltd

Wreathed within a tract of remnant bushland, Western Australia’s new Sam Kerr Football Centre accommodates the administrative headquarters for Football West, and high–performance training and game day facilities for WA’s professional and aspiring football players.

The arrival sequence leads visitors past football pitches to the main entry gate. Ascending the stair, you emerge into the grandstand, the heart of the Centre. The massive, triangulated timber beams and translucent roof provide a moment of awe, aspirational for developing players and corporate visitors alike. The expressive geometry is inspired by the spikes and curves of local flora. The rippling perforated façade–screen of the structure further anchors the centre to its natural environment, creating a living building that changes throughout the day.

Featuring adaptable design modes, the centre provides a spacious workplace bathed in natural light, a broadcast hub, excellent views and amenities for patrons, and players with equitable training and performance spaces.

Proclamation House | State of Kin

Set amongst character homes in Subiaco, Western Australia, Proclamation House embraces a sculpted silhouette of asymmetrical, sweeping and angular planes ‘a contemporary “shadow”‘ of the site’s former dwelling. A restrained palette of earthy render and aluminium detailing lends rawness to the architecture, while a generous, landscaped set-back, populated with native species and fruit trees, gives back to the street and community.

Internally, the 2.5-bedroom home maximises shared living spaces within a highly efficient footprint, encouraging the multi-generational family to gather. A distinctive, stack-shaped roof carves a dramatic central void, animating the home with ever-changing light qualities. The building is unified by its dramatic, singular use of olive-toned render, obscuring boundaries between the landscape, exterior and interior to craft a feeling of unexpected immersion. Synergies between the architecture and landscape draw framed vignettes of the sky, garden and pool into the experience of home, elevating the family’s daily living rituals.

Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct | Peter Hobbs Architects with Advanced Timber Concepts and Intensive Fields

The Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct provides an essential piece of community infrastructure to the Shire of Ravensthorpe. The complex houses the Shire offices, Council Chambers, the Community Resource Centre and Library, community kitchen, professional offices, and a training room. A Senior’s centre and a creche are accommodated within a large multipurpose space.

Structured around a series of internal and external courtyards and verandahs, the facility offers a wide variety of informal and formal gathering, entertainment, social outreach and business spaces for the community. The building is constructed entirely from renewable FSC certified timber. The structural frame is an LVL [Laminated Veneer Lumber] fabricated offsite while all the finishing timber is WA plantation grown Yellow Stringy Bark. The precinct also seeks to service travelling visitors with an interpretive centre offering information on the Fitzgerald Biosphere and the regions history, a caravan and mobile home servicing area, EV fast chargers and ample parking.

Park Terraces | Hillam Architects

Park Terraces comprises twelve luxury terrace homes on a prominent site within the Montario Quarter redevelopment precinct. This setting provided an opportunity to craft an exemplar for multigenerational inner suburban living activating the various frontages.

Conceptually the project demonstrates how a variety of townhouse typologies can be merged with elements of apartment living.

With a sturdy recycled brick base and distinctive non–traditional roof forms, each home is expressed through recurring vertical elements, characterized by an elegant interplay of metal screens, projecting roof canopies, thoughtfully detailed metal and an elevated landscape to enliven an otherwise subdued exterior palette.

Climate–sensitive double–sided layouts capitalize on an elevated communal amenity area to provide an abundance of balanced natural light, cross–flow ventilation, and multiple outlooks.

In meeting the client’s brief for a desirable “missing–middle” outcome, Hillam Architects are proud to have designed a viable, climate–responsive alternative to apartment living for a diverse range of households.

New Accommodation for the WA State Parliament and Department of the Premier and Cabinet | Parry and Rosenthal Architects

The interior fit-out at 2 Parliament Place accommodates ten tenants, including the Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, Parliamentary Services, Leader of the Opposition Party, Leader of the Non-Governmental Party, and Parliamentary Electorate Offices, seeking to streamline operations and promote collaboration amongst teams. Materials and finishes were selected for a timeless, professional aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the existing Parliament House and Western Australia’s natural environment.
The interior design harmoniously integrates parliamentary tradition with modern functionality.

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