Architect lighting WA
Three best lit buildings in WA 2021. Images : Dion Robeson
  • WA's architects awards recognise the finest in the state's architecture designs
  • The WA Lighting Award is dedicated to appreciating expert lighting designs
  • At this year's awards there was one award winner and two commendations

The Australian Institute of Architects’ annual WA Architecture Awards recognises and celebrates the finest and best architecture the state has to offer.

This year’s program saw 78 entries across 10 categories – one significant award up for grabs was the WA Lighting Award. This category acknowledged the three very best lighting designs in the state.

Warders Hotel & Emily Taylor

The design was by Matthew Crawford Architects and received this year’s WA Lighting Award.

Lighting designers expertly set up the lights to wash an amber glow over the large restaurant setting. The illumination created a “warm and intimate atmosphere.”

Warders Hotel Emily Taylor
Warders Hotel Emily Taylor. Image – Dion Robeson

As a national heritage listed site, the rich historical value of the building posed a challenge and an opportunity for architects to highlight its character.

Warders Hotel Emily Taylor
Warders Hotel Emily Taylor. Image – Dion Robeson

The designers said they “…approached the development of the hotel with this in mind and wanted to create an immersive heritage experience where patrons are well aware that they have just entered into a building from 1851.”

Central Park Lobby Refurb

Architects from Woods Bagot were recognised for the successful refurbishment of Perth’s Central Park Lobby. In recognition of the sophisticated and elegant use of lighting, the architects received a commendation in the WA Lighting Award category.

Central Park Lobby Upgrade
Central Park Lobby Upgrade. Image – Dion Robeson

Soft white light washes over the walls, enhancing the large lobby space. Light is not only illuminating from the roof but also embedded seamlessly in the walls.

Central Park Lobby Upgrade
Central Park Lobby Upgrade. Image – Dion Robeson
Central Park Lobby Upgrade
Central Park Lobby Upgrade. Image – Dion Robeson

Belridge Performing Arts Centre

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects delivered the theatrical lighting redesign of the local performing arts centre. For innovative and dramatic illumination, they received a Commendation in the lighting category.

Belridge Secondary College Performing Arts Centre
Belridge Secondary College Performing Arts Centre. Image – Dion Robeson

The centre is described as transforming “…the drama of the interior into a dynamic and engaging exterior experience that shifts the audience from passive observer into excited and willing participant.”

Belridge Secondary College Performing Arts Centre
Belridge Secondary College Performing Arts Centre. Image – Dion Robeson

The centre was originally designed in the mid ’90s by the Building Management Authority of WA. Iredale Pedersen was enlisted to reimagine and upgrade the theatre’s existing amenities.

Belridge Secondary College Performing Arts Centre
Belridge Secondary College Performing Arts Centre. Image – Dion Robeson
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