WEST Australian building designers triumphed at Thursday’s National Association of Building Designers (NABD) 2017 Design Awards, which was narrowcast live across the country for the first time in its history.
The state’s representatives snapped up seven awards for five different projects, with The Guildford Hotel leading the charge with three trophies.
The renovation of the restaurant and bar, designed by husband-and-wife team Adrian Fratelle and Kylee Schoonens from Fratelle Group, was named Australia’s best heritage design, best non-residential interior design and best commercial alteration/addition design.
Fratelle Group also took home a fourth award for its design of an office development on Prowse Street, West Perth.
Janik Dalecki of Dalecki Design took out the best residential alteration/addition design – $350,000 to $800,000 prize for his striking project on Wasley Street, Mt Lawley, which won the prestigious Building Designers Association of WA Design Excellence award earlier this year.
Arcologic’s The Tree House project in Glen Forrest succeeded in the hotly contested best sustainable design category, while Lomma Homes’ iconic Blackwall Reach Residence in Bicton was rewarded for its stylish fit-out with the best residential interior design trophy.
Victoria’s Green Sheep Collective collected the top award of the night with its Alphington Townhouses named the 2017 National Building Design of the Year.
“The calibre of the design skills of the NABD Design Awards Program entrants is evident in each category of the winners,” NABD president Paul Wilson said.
“The National Building Design of the Year winner showcased a superb level of design skill and understanding to achieve a project of remarkable qualities, pushing the boundaries and providing an extremely forward-looking building in function, aesthetic and performance.”
The NABD brings together the state building designers associations of WA, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Northern Territory.
This year, the decision was made to take a more innovative and sustainable approach to the awards presentation ceremony, which resulted in the live narrowcast of the simultaneous event between four Brickworks Studios across the country.