04/07/2014 - 11:01

Roxby wins top WA architecture award

04/07/2014 - 11:01

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Jolimont-based Roxby Architects has won the George Temple Poole award at the WA architecture awards for its design of Toyota's Western Australian head office.

Roxby wins top WA architecture award
The Toyota WA head office by Roxby Architects.

Jolimont-based Roxby Architects has won the George Temple Poole award at the WA architecture awards for its design of Toyota's Western Australian head office.

The awards, held by the Australian Institute of Architects last night in Crown’s grand ballroom, honoured excellence in the design and construction industry.

AIA state president Philip Griffiths said the awards were an important event for the architecture industry and the broader community as a whole.

“The architecture awards represent a rare opportunity each year for a large number of Western Australian architects to show their design capabilities to their colleagues, industry and, most importantly to the public,” Mr Griffiths said.

“Judgement by one’s peers is a high bar and the fact that people are prepared to nominate their projects in competition with their colleagues indicates that there is a great deal of respect for the awards in the profession.” 

The George Temple Poole jury said it viewed an impressive array of outstanding architecture in determining this year’s award, which is presented to the project judged most worthy of all the award winners in each category.

“The Toyota head office in Kewdale is a sophisticated design response to the purpose specific client brief,” the jury noted in awarding the Toyota WA head office. 

“The architects have responded in an elegant manner to the brief that provides a landmark site within one of WA’s largest industrial areas.

“The subtle design intent driven by the client’s brand philosophies, in particular the commitment toward sustainability was well integrated into the building, and this was clearly legible across the design.”

The Toyota WA head office also took out the Ross Chisholm and Gil Nicol award for commercial architecture.

Fremantle kitchen and bakery Bread in Common also featured prominently in the awards, taking out 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.

The winners will progress to the Australian Institute of Architects national awards, which will be held in November. 

 

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