Irene McCormack Catholic College gym design nabs architects top award


Irene McCormack Catholic College’s Paul Rafter Centre. Picture: Robert Frith/Acorn Photo
Irene McCormack Catholic College’s Paul Rafter Centre. Picture: Robert Frith/Acorn Photo

ARCHITECTS who designed a Butler school gymnasium have won a 2017 WA Architecture Award from The Australian Institute of Architects WA.

Parry and Rosenthal Architects in West Perth received the award for educational architecture for designing the Paul Rafter Centre at Irene McCormack Catholic College.

The multi-use double court gymnasium features a climbing wall and linked outdoor abseiling tower, plus a multi-purpose, two-level learning wing with classrooms, multi-purpose spaces, dance, music, band rooms and a recording studio.

The award jury was impressed by the “comprehensive resolution of this project by Parry and Rosenthal Architects”.

“It is a skilfully executed work of architecture that modestly expresses the values of the client, establishes a new public face for the school and surpasses the project requirements on an enjoyment, aesthetic, functional and environmental level,” the jury said.

The building overlooking Lukin Drive serves as a landmark for the college, used by students, staff and the wider college community for sport and learning spaces.

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