The Australian Institute of Architects announced the winners of the 2016 Western Australia (WA) Architecture Awards last Friday evening. We are pleased to report that for Urban Design, the John Septimus Roe Award was won by Cloisters Redevelopment and The Buchan Group Perth.
The Cloisters Redevelopment has succeeded in transforming this CBD precinct into a vibrant public place. The design team has managed to unlock the potential of the ground plane by realigning the former arcade and extending the Shafto Lane axis into the development, thereby helping to connect Perth’s limited network of activated laneways. New lobbies serving the commercial tenancies above, are also porous to the public spaces, assisting in the activation of the ground plane.
The new arcade provides line of sight connectivity between St Georges Terrace and Hay St, whilst at the St Georges Terrace entry, redundant ramps have made way for further Food and Beverage outlets which spill out and activate this frontage.
The contribution to Hay St is also to be commended, with a generous double-height colonnade and illuminated media screens setting the benchmark for a more vibrant Hay St. The operable glass roof above the former desolate courtyard at the Hay Street level, has also become a new heart for the precinct. Food and Beverage outlets have been flipped to address this urbane, climate-controlled space.
The Cloisters Redevelopment has become a popular destination for informal meetings as well as the lunchtime CBD crowd. It has added to Perth’s network of activated laneways, providing better connectivity across Perth’s East-West orientated city streets.