PUBLIC buildings won most of the gongs at last week's Australian Institute of Architects (WA) awards, but it was a "masterful" apartment development in Cottesloe that scored the top award. Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland was the night's major multiple winner, with its Sorrento Quay Boardwalk winning multiple awards, as well as a commendation for its Lexus Showroom. The firm was also honoured for its Manea Senior College submission. Other multiple winners included Iredale Pederson Hook Architects, which received two awards and three commendations for its Swan Street Residence, and CODA Architects, which received two awards for House B and House M. While public buildings took seven awards and four commendations, the top honour went to a residential development, pictured above left, by Blane Brackenridge. The submission Apartments in Cottesloe, won the George Temple Poole Award, widely regarded as the night's top honour, for its "masterful planning solution on an extremely restrictive site with tight height restrictions and a challenging double slope". Woods Bagot won the Mondoluce Architecture Award in the interior architecture category for its corporate refit of the Wesfarmers headquarters on The Esplanade. The jury considered this project, pictured above right, "excellent in both conception and execution," with particular notes made of the integration of the Wesfarmers art collection into the workplace design. Other award recipients were the Star Track Express warehouse at Perth Airport, the Sarecen Winery & Duckstein Brewery in the South West, an Aboriginal language centre in South Hedland, and the newly revamped Legislative Assembly at Parliament House. This year's awards attracted a record 123 submissions, reflecting WA's boom time prior to the downturn, Australian Institute of Architects (WA) president Rod Mollett said. "The construction centre in WA remains relatively strong with a number of significant projects still to be completed," he said. "I expect the standard in terms of entry numbers and design quality to be maintained in 2010 and 2011." In total, 46 awards and commendations across 10 categories were presented. All awarded projects are eligible for the National Architecture Awards, to be announced in Melbourne in October.
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