Bakery rises to top at architecture awards

Philip Griffiths at Bread in Common.d422637
Philip Griffiths at Bread in Common.d422637

The popular kitchen bakery won four times at the awards night, taking home the Margaret Pitt Morison Award for Heritage, the Architecture Award in the Commercial Architecture category, the Julius Elischer Award for Interior Architecture and the Mondoluce Lighting Award.

WA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects president Philip Griffiths said he was happy with the calibre of entries at this year’s awards, especially Bread in Common.

‘I well remember the Pakenham Street building prior to its adaptation and I remember some schemes being canvassed that would have led to the destruction of the place,’ he said.

‘Instead, a master practice of adaptation and hospitality applied their long-established skills to give this place a new life and it works on so many levels that multiple awards were warranted.

‘Heritage has featured very strongly in the architecture awards for a sustained period now and I think that is a reflection of owners and architects seeing opportunity in heritage rather than impediment.’