01/10/2008 - 22:00

Woodhead and Habitat 1 win

01/10/2008 - 22:00

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OFFICE fit-outs using energy-efficient designs and quirky layouts were recognised at this year's Design Institute of Australia WA design awards.

OFFICE fit-outs using energy-efficient designs and quirky layouts were recognised at this year's Design Institute of Australia WA design awards.

Mt Lawley-based interior design firm Habitat 1 was awarded a commendation for its $3 million fit-out of Horizon Power's new administration centre in Technology Park, Bentley.

The fit-out, covering a total of 2,500 square metres, required the installation of a number of green design features, according to Habitat 1 director Chris Formby.

"Being Horizon Power, there was a definite focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, using everything from water saving devices to power saving devices," he said.

Energy efficient lighting was installed, along with double-glazing, workstations made from recycled components, recycled rubber floors, printers using swipe-card technology and videoconference facilities in every meeting room, to reduce the need for employee travel.

Mr Formby said the budget for the fit-out was also slightly lower than average, at about $1,100/sqm.

Habitat 1 is currently working on an office fit-out for West Perth-based Kimberley Diamonds Company NL, which is moving into a new 600sqm building in Subiaco, and migration agency ISA Group's relocation from Subiaco to a refurbished building at 40 Hasler Road, Herdsman.

Perth-based architecture firm Woodhead also won a commendation for its fit-out of Westralia Airports Corporation's new offices at Perth International Airport.

The fit-out of the three-level, 9,200sqm Alpha building used an open plan, modular design, with multi-functional break out spaces and informal meeting areas.

The colours, graphics and artworks used were designed to reflect the airport and its surrounds.

Woodhead won another award for its Edith Cowan University lecture theatre in Joondalup, while Fremantle-based Brooking Design Practice won an award of merit for its fit-out of fashion chain Live's headquarters in Subiaco.

The DIA WA design awards, which were established in 2002, gave prizes to 15 projects in total.

The program recognises excellence and innovation in design.

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