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Internally, Tom says he's seeing the "green
movement" beginning to impact.
"If you have a look at international trends,
there are really nice materials and a sense of
texture being applied to institutional buildings.
It's quite rigidly planned and hard edged so
it's got the contemporary angle but then it's
softened by the use of timbers."
It's not enough for an institution to just be
a pretty face. If it doesn't cater to those who
use it on an everyday basis, it hasn't fulfilled
its primary role.
Natural light and ventilation, comfortable
communal areas, easy traffic flow and good views
all help create a pleasant environment, whether
it's in a library, a hospital or a university.
John Liddiard of Woods Bagot believes that
a successful institution never loses sight of its
"Are the facilities offered appropriate? Is the
building an attractive or inspiring place to work?
Will the office on offer fire the enthusiasm or
dampen the spirit?
" e successful institutional building needs to
be able to find the balance of functionality and
aesthetic appeal while recognising the limitations
of the project budget," John concludes. "It needs
to give those looking to invest the confidence
that the facility works well, both in its built form
as well as operationally."
e following five projects, all designed and
built in the last five years by some of the state's
leading architects, epitomise the trend for clever,
innovative and sustainable institutional design.
While they may differ in function, each building
is contextually appropriate and has a clear sense
of purpose. ey are perfect examples of 21st
century institutional design.
John Septimus Roe Performing Arts
Centre (Brooking Design Practice)
Built as part of the existing school campus, the
performing arts centre at John Septimus Roe in
Mirrabooka is spread over two floor levels and
"We entwined a dynamic building into a high
school campus but it was significant enough
that it stood out and communicated that it was
a performing arts building," explains director
of Brooking Design Practice, Tom Brooking.
" e big trick was really the connecting of the
buildings. We had to consider the integration and
pedestrian flow from the existing campus, and
how it related to the new building.
" e feedback is such that the school has
been able to develop in performing arts to such
a superior level that a lot of students go to John
Septimus Roe now because of that facility.
" at building was done a few years ago but
it's really stood the test of time. It hasn't dated;
it's got this inherent quality about it externally
that does communicate performing arts and a
sense of theatre. And that really is devoid of time."
Rockingham General Hospital
(Hames Sharley in conjunction
with Silver Thomas Hanley)
Rockingham General Hospital will become
one of the four major general hospitals in the
metropolitan area, delivering a comprehensive
range of core clinical services including palliative
care, medical, surgical, theatres, imaging, allied
health, ambulatory care, day surgery and
To try and simplify the functionally complex
design of the hospital extension, the architects
used "urban design solutions" in their approach,
and treated the design as a city.
New wards, theatres and consulting suites
follow a "street". e street carves into the
expanse of new and existing buildings;
Educational institutions are also benefitting from some clever design solutions, for example: the Curtin Resources and Chemistry Precinct (far left and bottom centre)
by Woods Bagot and the John Septimus Roe Performing Arts Centre (all other images) by Brooking Design Practice.
Curtin Resources and Chemistry Precinct images courtesy of Woods Bagot; John Septimus Roe Performing Arts Centre images
courtesy of Brooking Design Practice
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