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With a focus on durability and an aesthetic connection to the surrounding landscape,
Parry & Rosenthal Architects creates a unique structure with an important purpose.
PARRY & ROSENTHAL ARCHITECTS
arry & Rosenthal Architects was
appointed for the Southern Seawater
Desalination Plant project in 2008. With
the second stage due for completion
in early 2013, the construction of this new plant
means more than half the water required for the
Perth metropolitan area will come from climate
Located in an abandoned quarry, the plant
is surrounded by a landscaped berm created to
both visually screen and acoustically shield the
plant. Most of the site has been re-established,
rehabilitated and revegetated.
A clustered layout was chosen to minimise
footprint, while materials were selected for cost,
durability and their visual relationship with
the natural environment. Maximising natural
ventilation and lighting were key factors in the
design, while the use of large, simple, cubic forms
scales down the plant buildings.
Visitors and staff pass through a sheltered
entryway into the Administration & Control
Building, located at the plant’s gateway. As the
central operation hub and testing facility, the
building controls access to the plant, and houses
reception, training facilities, offices, staff amenities,
control room, laboratory and water testing facilities.
Extensive glazing, a light structure and floating
roofs achieve a sense of transparency and openness,
as well as maximising natural light and views.
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