Designer wins award lock, stock and barrel

Construction designer Michael Yurisich with The Cheese Barrel manager David Mullender. Picture: Bruce Hunt d410856
Construction designer Michael Yurisich with The Cheese Barrel manager David Mullender. Picture: Bruce Hunt d410856

The owner of Yuro Building Design won the best commercial building under $2 million category as well as the best non-residential sustainable building with his unique design for the Cheese Barrel Cafe, next to Olive Farm Wines, in Millendon.

Mr Yurisich (28) said he was able to create a harmonious fusion of old and new.

‘My family has owned Olive Farm Wines for 80 years now and we had an idea of what we wanted from the start for the cafe, a place where people could turn up and have cheese, wine, coffee and head off but also be comfortable enough for people to stay longer if they liked,’ he said.

Mr Yurisich used energy-saving pre-fabricated steel-frame, LED lighting, and millboard timber decking for the facade.

‘I re-used wine barrels for tables for that recycled feel, grape picking boxes for the seating downstairs and rust-look paint to create an urban vibe while keeping a rustic theme,’ he said. ‘It only cost $700,000 to design and build so it’s nice to be recognised nationally.’

WA building designers won 18 of the 23 awards announced at the BDA national conference in Newcastle with North Beach designer Howard Marsland winning the award for public buildings or structures for his design of the new Treetops Montessori School in Darlington.