2021 WA Architecture Awards | Local buildings in running for award

Photo by Robert Frith.
Photo by Robert Frith.

Four buildings in the Busselton and Margaret River region are in the running for this year's WA Architecture Awards.

Shelter Brewery (Paul Burnham Architect, Busselton), Forest Beach House (Craig Steere Architects, Dunsborough), Depuch Close (Klopper & Davis, Eagle Bay) and Margaret River Senior High School (Architecture Studio) have all been nominated in the awards.

Run by the Australian Institute of Architects, the awards recognise the substantial contribution the state's architects make to the built environment and communities in WA.

With 78 entries across 10 categories, this year's program showcases diverse projects across a range of key sectors, from inspiring public spaces and reimagined heritage sites, to progressive educational hubs and innovative accommodation.

Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter President Peter Hobbs says the 2021 awards program offers an impressive showcase of uplifting spaces.

"A theme we've seen throughout this year's entries is architects designing spaces that are adaptable, flexible and ultimately bring delight to the community," Mr Hobbs said.

Leading the Shelter Brewery design was architect Paul Burnham who also designed Little Creatures in Fremantle 20 years ago.

Mr Burnham said the idea behind the foreshore brewery was based on the concept that the Busselton Jetty was an industrial location with railway sheds.

Dunsborough's Forest Beach House is in the running for the residential architecture award. Photo by Peter Hughes Photography.

Dunsborough's Forest Beach House is in the running for the residential architecture award. Photo by Peter Hughes Photography.

"It is a large volume building to fit the brewery in. All the design was based around the functionality of the brewery and everything else fits around that," he said.

"The project had a quick time frame to get it open for the start of last summer, that involved not just the approval and construction but also the delivery and installation of the brewery.

Craig Street Architects are also in the running for a holiday home they designed in Dunsborough.

Lead architect Mark De Rozario said the holiday home would predominately be used by the owners who would also utilise it as short stay accommodation when they are not there.

Mr De Rozario said because it wasn't a big block they wanted to design something that felt like you were on a larger parcel of land.

"Luckily they are located, as such, that you have the forest and bush on two sides and a view of the ocean on the third side," he said.

"We built structure so that it blocked out the view of neighbours when you are standing in the main spaces of the house, you look directly out and only pickup the surrounding landscape."

The WA Architecture Awards will be streamed live on YouTube on June 11 via youtube.com/channel/UClsvQ-XYn5g38wIHN52hNNg/live.