Prime House takes out top award at 2019 BDAWA awards

Prime House is wrapped in a pleated, almost translucent veil, so delicately formed it mimics lace.
Prime House is wrapped in a pleated, almost translucent veil, so delicately formed it mimics lace.

GREAT design is not limited to residential homes with a government building receiving the top accolade at this weekend’s 2019 Building Designers Association WA (BDAWA) awards.

Meyer Shircore Architects’ Mark Baker earned the Design Excellence award for Prime House, Joondalup.

The brief was to provide an A-grade office building to house over 800 employees form the departments of Water, Environmental Regulation of and the Office of Environmental Protection Authority.

The designer avoided the typical glass box-style office development saying it would be at odds with the character of Joondalup and aimed to create an engaging and timeless building that would be a future landmark on the corner site.

The design plays with shadow and movement.

The judges were certainly impressed by the resulting eight-storey building saying it was not often you saw a commercial building that completely inspired from every angle, surprising you with its nuances, details and fine finishes.

“From the moment you lay eyes on the building, it’s a showcase of fine design finesse and masterful execution,” they said.

“The bulk of the building itself is wrapped in a pleated, almost translucent veil, so delicately formed, it mimics a lace-like form that carefully drapes the eight-storey development.

“It cleverly conceals and softens the mass structure but also acts to shade the sun and aid in reducing cooling and energy consumption.

“It also helps to create a dynamic building that changes as nature’s own light and shadow casts its beauty across the folding angles from dawn to dusk.”

The building’s ground level canopy acts as another focal point, skirting the building and continuing to play with angles and movement.

This continues as you walk into the building itself, with the replication of folds and angles creating further interest along with the dramatic shadows they cast through the use of clever lighting.

The building also won the award for best new commercial buildings over $2 million.

Another big winner was Darklight Design director Adam Butcher.

The Big V house.

He collected Best Bathroom Design and Best New Residential Design $500,000 – $750,000 for M&T House, East Fremantle, Best New Residential Design up to $1 million – $3 million for Tew Residence, Cottesloe with Justin Everitt of Justin Everitt Design, Best Rural Design for Wandi Shed House, Wandi and the James Hardie Award for Big V House, Kelmscott.

The Big V House faced a number of challenges including steep site with a small usable building area, surrounded by natural bush and located with the Bushfire Attack Level Flame Zone.

The end result is a modern interpretation of the traditional pole home architectural style, clad in low-maintenance and fire-retardant materials like metal cladding and fibre cement claddings.

It is a striking home that hangs off the side of the cliff.

Darklight Design’s submissions said “from all areas of the house the views lines are picture framed creating a continued connection with the natural landscaping.

“A large alfresco and northern sun deck hang out from the main house over the cliff edge and exposes the outdoor area to the shear severity of the block slope and picturesque surrounding landscape.”

The Big V house: the balcony has sweeping views.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

Design excellence award: Prime House – Mark Baker, Meyer Shircore Architects

Best residential interior design: South Perth apartment – Paul Lim, Mata Design Studio

Best non residential interior design: Whitfords Brewing Company – Douglas Paton – d4 Designs

Whitfords Brewing Company: The design portrays the feel, look and texture demonstrated by traditional craftsmanship of years gone by.

Best kitchen design: Dollhouse 2.0 – Jakub and Laura Chruscinski, JC Design Studio

Best bathroom design: M&T House – Adam Butcher, Darklight Design

Best sustainable design residential: 34 Bessell Ave – Simon Walker, Modus Design Pty Ltd

Best special project design: City of Bunbury depot – Roger Veen, Veen’s Design Group

Best new commercial buildings over $2 million: Prime House – Mark Baker, Meyer Shircore Architects

Best commercial alteration/addition up to $1 million: MGM Bulk – Paul Lim, Mata Design Studio

Best industrial design: City of Bunbury depot – Roger Veen, Veen’s Design Group

Best grouped dwelling design: The Blinco – Janik Dalecki, Dalecki Design

Best apartment design: Regatta Apartments – Drew Lamperd and Mikel Sesma, Mikasa Designs

Best small lot design: (up to 250sq m): Salt Addition – Michael Lurie, Lurie Concepts

Best small dwelling design: (up to 150sq m): King William Residence – Sam Martin, Sam Martin Building Design

Best residential alteration/addition up to $350,000: The Elizabeth – Janik Dalecki, Dalecki Design

Best residential alteration/addition $350,000 – $800,000: The Calais – Mike Yurisich, Yuro Building Design

The Calais before.
The Calais after.

Best residential alteration/addition over $800,000: River View Residence – Darren Foster, Paramount Design

Best new residential design up to $500,000: The Black Shack – Drew Lamperd and Mikel Sesma, Mikasa Designs

Best new residential design $500,000 – $750,000: M&T House – Adam Butcher, Darklight Design

Best new residential design up to $750,000 – $1 million: Barnard – Daniel Lomma, Daniel Lomma Design

Best new residential design up to $1 million – $3 million: Tew Residence – Adam Butcher, Darklight Design & Justin Everitt, Justin Everitt Design

Tew House’s north-facing courtyard.

Best rural design: Wandi Shed House – Adam Butcher, Darklight Design

Best conceptual/unbuilt design: Row Residence – Paul Lim, Mata Design Studio

Best student design: Black Box – Kyle Bell

James Hardie Award: Big V House – Adam Butcher, Darklight Design

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