The terracotta baguettes on the UWA School of Indigenous Studies building. Image – Supplied.
  • The project received several awards
  • Subcontractor of the year was awarded specifically for the façade
  • Another company won best education building for the project

The annual Master Builders WA Excellence in Construction Awards event was held over the weekend.

Some buildings received awards over various categories. The UWA School of Indigenous Studies building was one such project.

The distinctive terracotta baguettes on the façade of the building. Image – Supplied.

Subcontractor of the year was awarded to Façade Management Australia, the company specifically tasked with the construction of the façade, aluminium door, window and louvre package for the project.

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Winner of Subcontractor of the Year – Facade Management Australia. Image – Supplied.

BADGE Construction was also recognised for its work on the UWA building, awarded the best education building in the $10 – $20 million category.

Façade Management Australia was also awarded subcontractor of the year in the cladding category.

The project

The UWA School of Indigenous Studies building has a distinctive façade that includes a “series of intricate terracotta baguettes”. Baguettes were explained as louvres designed to diffuse light and create a unique visual effect (see main, and first images).

Image – Supplied.

Façade Management Australia was particularly noted as a pioneer in the design, supply, and installation of the exterior structural steel framework for the terracotta louvres.

It was a project sympathetic to the cultural significance of both the school and the surroundings, Master Builders Chief Judge Robert Shaw said, “Façade Management has captured the site’s connection to its Indigenous heritage, emulating the surrounds with their intricate and aesthetic design.”

Image – Supplied.

Careful consideration was required to capture the cultural narrative of the site, the project scope included the consideration of local flora, fauna, and surrounding landform to maximise the integration within the suburb of Crawley.


Disclosure: The Property Tribune was a guest of the Master Builders Association of WA at the awards ceremony.

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