Vic Quarter
The Vic Quarter, Celsius Property Group. Image supplied.
  • Australia's first dedicated apartment awards held its gala night last Friday
  • There were 41 entries across the 11 categories from 21 companies

Australia’s first dedicated apartment awards held its gala night last Friday, celebrating outstanding innovation, design and excellence in the apartment sector.

Organised by the West Australian Apartment Advocacy (AAA) group, they aimed to demonstrate West Australia’s commitment to apartment living as a lifestyle choice.

An aged care facility, boutique apartment and an industrial warehouse were among the inaugural winners of the awards.

Director of AAA (WA) Samantha Reece applauded the standard of the entries and said the winners were recognised for their visionary design, use of space and choice of materials.

“Apartment living is a lifestyle choice and the entries demonstrate that WA leads the nation in the apartment sector,” she said.

“Panorama apartments is 20 years old and received the Enduring Award because despite its age, it has maintained an impeccable standard along with its property values.”

Sam Reece, AAA

There were 41 entries across the 11 categories. Ms Reece said judges were so impressed with the calibre of the finalists, six special commendations were awarded in some categories.

Winners

Affordability

Winner – The Bottleyard, MJA Studios

Winner – The Boulevard, Stirling Capital

The Bottleyard
The Bottleyard. Supplied.

Ageing in Place

Winner – Karingal Green, Hall & Prior/Hassell

Special Commendation – The Queenslea, Oryx Communities

Enduring

Winner – Panorama, Fini/Mirvac/Hassell

Panorama
Panorama. Supplied.

Heritage and Community Culture

Winner – Heirloom, Match

Innovation/Technology

Winner – DeHavilland Apartments, Bluerock Projects

Special Commendation – Liv, Hassell

Special Commendation – The Queenslea, Oryx Communities/Hassell

Luxury

Winner – Cirque, Stirling Capital

Special Commendation – Lucent, Celsius

Cirque
Cirque. Supplied.

People’s Choice

Winner – City Towers, City Towers COO/Richardson Strata Management

Civic Leadership

Winner – Canning City Centre Regeneration, City of Canning

Precinct Rejuvenation

Winner – Claremont on the Park, Development WA

Special Commendation – Latitude at Leighton

Special Commendation – Vic Quarter, Celsius

Refurbished Apartment

Winner – 47 Forrest Avenue, East Perth – CR Design

Inspiration Award

Winner – 19 Duoro Road, Motus Architecture

19 Duoro
19 Duoro, by Motus Architecture. Supplied.

Claremont development the Queenslea was also commended for being the first in Australia to provide an intergenerational aged care facility, with a childcare centre integrated into the retirement village.

Developed by Oryx Communities, the standard of The Queenslea development impressed the judges.

“The inclusion of the childcare centre as an integral part of this precinct will allow residents to interact with the children both formally and informally and combining care for children and the elderly benefits both groups.”

But it was one development that forced the judges to create a separate category outside of the original scope of the awards.

AAA Winners
Sam Reece (centre) with judges of AAA awards. Supplied.

Ms Reece said 19 Duoro Rd, developed by Motus Architecture in Fremantle, applied a level of creativity that demonstrated exemplary design.

“Creating an internal street within the warehouse development complete with artwork, the judges were inspired by the use of innovative materials, the attention to detail and the sheer delight of the residents.”

Other standout developments in the inaugural awards included:

  • DeHavilland Apartments – WA’s first timber built project by Bluerock Projects.
  • Karingal Green – a retirement village that defied all historical planning by embracing its natural bush setting.
  • City of Canning City Centre rejuvenation – which saw a commitment of $76 million by Council to green the precinct.
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