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Student hub revamp gets ‘thumbs up’ at top architecture awards

Notre Dame Fremantle’s student hub makeover has been recognised – twice — in the Australian Institute of Architects, 2018 WA Architecture Awards.

Prindiville Hall, which was completely revamped over a 12-month period in 2017 by Cox Architects, received Commendations in both the Interior Architecture category and the Heritage Category in the AIA’s annual awards held in Perth last Friday night (29 June 2018).

The vibrant, new student recreation and meeting hub – complete with an alfresco courtyard, a funky lounge and hammock space, and state-of-the-art study rooms also provides a permanent home for Notre Dame’s Student Association and Student Clubs.

In its citation on Interior Architecture, the AIA awards jury said: “The Client’s brief was to create an inviting and welcoming place for students to meet, relax, study and socialise in a repurposed twine and rope factory in the heart of the Fremantle campus.

“The architects have successfully created a series of comfortable and defensible spaces through the use of furniture, lighting, colours, materials, detailing, levels and screens.

“Clever use of solid, transparency and the integration of lighting contribute to creating a vibrant student hub.

“Retention of the face brickwork and jarrah parquetry flooring connects the new hub with its past.”

The AIA jury was also full of praise for the heritage values retained during the renovation process

“The Notre Dame University Student Hub project celebrates a little recognised architectural type and its contribution to a significant heritage precinct,” said the citation for the Heritage Category.

“The architectural response is playful and simple yet functionally elegant, paying homage to its previous industrial use through clever design details.

“The project not only greatly enhances student amenity but makes a conscious effort to integrate with its West End streetscape providing a smooth flow between interior and exterior.”

Source: Notre Dame

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