Coastal design heralded

The Marina apartments.
The Marina apartments.

It joined fellow winners Butler train station, Ocean Keys Shopping Centre and Fiona Stanley Hospital at the 2015 Australian Institute of Architects WA Architecture Awards.

Dubbed The Marina Apartments and located at 1 Bristol Lane, the project by McDonald Jones Architects won an award in the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing category.

“The Marina Apartments is an exceptional example of how dense living can be designed on a difficult sloping site with other additional restraints and a remarkably tight budget,” the jury said in its citation.

“The planning of the 44 apartments is rational and efficient and care has been taken to ensure that the majority of the apartments benefit from cross-ventilation.”

The apartments, built by Pyramid Construction, were also commended for their connection to the site and environmentally responsive elements.

“By way of providing generous balconies or loggias, the apartments feel much more spacious and well-connected with the outdoors,” the jury added.

“The harsh and exposed conditions of the site are controlled by the provision of deep overhangs and shading devices that are not treated as additional elements but rather become an integral part of the architectural configuration.”

A Trigg Point residence, which was designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, received a commendation in the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) category.