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    WA Indigenous Elders apartments named Best of the Best at 2015 Sustainability Awards

    Nathan Johnson

    A multi-residential building designed for the Elders of a displaced Western Australian Indigenous community has emerged as the biggest winner at the 2015 Sustainability Awards, taking home the program’s highest honour, the Best of the Best prize.

    The Walumba Elders Centre by iredale pedersen hook architects (IPHA) was announced the winner of ninth annual Sustainability Awards at a gala dinner held in Sydney on 8 October, edging ahead of a formidable field of sustainable projects and products from Australia’s leading design and building industry professionals.

    The Walumba Elders Centre, which also received the Multi-Density Residential Category Award, was commended by the judges for its multifaceted approach to sustainable design, one that moved beyond the common considerations of energy performance and third-party certifications to a platform of environmental sensitivity that surpassed the other competitors. 

    “Though there were many candidates for the overall award, the Walumba Elders Centre stole the show as it demonstrates the skills and understanding required to design truly sustainable buildings,” says the Jury.

    “Where some buildings achieved great energy performance or high results through certification programs, this project illustrated sensitivity to people and culture, a respect for environment and building response and delivered it with ingenuity rather than a large budget.”

    “Furthermore, the fact that this project was delivered on a very tight budget to a remote location is testament to the designers understanding of the triple bottom line of sustainability for which they must be commended.”

    A total of twelve prizes were handed out on the night including 10 Category Awards, one Highly Commended award and the Best of the Best prize. 

    Click on the images or title of the category winners below for more information and jury citations. Alternatively, scroll to the bottom to read more about the Walumba Elders Centre.


    GREEN BUILDING PRODUCT - WINNER

    Nu-Rock Technology by Nu-Rock

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    HIGHLY COMMENDED

    Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) by Onyx Solar

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    Photography by Onyx Solar


    INNOVATION OF THE YEAR - WINNER

    Adelaide Oval project by Enware Australia

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    LANDSCAPE DESIGN - WINNER

    Burnley Rooftop by HASSELL

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    Photography by Peter Bennetts


    LARGE COMMERCIAL - WINNER

    Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence by Six Degrees

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    Photography by Alice Hutchison


    MULTI-DENSITY RESIDENTIAL - WINNER

    Walumba Elders Centre by iredale pedersen hook architects

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    Photography by Peter Bennetts


    OFFICE FITOUT - WINNER

    Oxigen Halifax Studio by Oxigen

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    Photography by Dan Schultz


    PUBLIC BUILDING & URBAN DESIGN - WINNER

    UTS Thomas Street Building by Steensen Varming

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    Photography by Darren Bradley


    SINGLE DWELLING (ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS) - WINNER

    Rant Home Studio by Borgelt & Craig Architects

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    Photography by Paul Dielemans


    SINGLE DWELLING (NEW) - WINNER

    Carbon Positive House by ArchiBlox

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    Photography by Tom Ross


    SMALL COMMERCIAL- WINNER

    Earth Kids Childcare by Truebolt

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    Photography by Todd Salter


    BEST OF THE BEST

    Walumba Elders Centre by iredale pedersen hook architects

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    Photography by Peter Bennetts

    The project was first conceived as a new residence for the Elders of WA’s Giga people whose home town of Warmun was devastated by a catastrophic one in 300 year flood event in 2011.

    From there, IPHA’s deep respect for Giga people blossomed, and together with their understanding of the Australian landscape, a project that is practical, sustainable and responsive to the cultural requirements of its users ensued.

    The Walumba Elders Centre incorporates a myriad of passive and active sustainable design considerations, from high levels of insulation and solar hot water systems to breeze paths and passive shading elements, but more importantly for the judges, it also engrains the cultural and social needs of the Giga people within the building’s very fabric. 

    “Here is a building which does all of the important things really well and is the epitome of sustainability,” comments the jury.

    “Not only does it sit comfortably in its environment with a very appropriate climatic design response, it is clearly responsive to the often complex cultural requirements of its users.”

    The project was handpicked by the judges from the 10 category prize-winners, all of which were praised by the judges for their laudable efforts in pursuing a more sustainable Australian built environment. 

     

     

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