Winners named in inaugural WINconnect Apartment Awards for Excellence
Australian Apartment Advocacy (WA) has named the winners of its inaugural WINconnect Apartment Awards for Excellence on Friday night at a gala event of 150 property members and VIPs.
These awards are the first dedicated apartment awards in Australia, and the winners were as follows:
Ageing in Place
Special Commendation – The Queenslea, Oryx Communities
Heritage and Community Culture
Special Commendation – Liv, Hassell
Special Commendation – The Queenslea, Oryx Communities/Hassell
Special Commendation – Latitude at Leighton
Special Commendation – Vic Quarter, Celsius
The awards celebrate outstanding innovation, design and excellence in the apartment sector. They also demonstrate WA’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.”
“The development demonstrates that if you build a quality apartment and it is maintained by its Council of Owners, it can sustain time, and this is essential in building buyer confidence.”
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.
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.”
“For WA to lead the way in this area is a visionary initiative and AAA is keen to highlight this innovation.”
But it was one development that forced the judges to create a separate category outside of the original scope of the awards.
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.”
“While we talk about housing choice in the context of stand-alone homes versus apartments, what we witnessed demonstrated that there is ample choice within the apartment sector and this is a trend that AAA wants to reward and encourage.”
Other standout developments in the inaugural awards included:
DeHavilland Apartments – WA’s first timber built project by Bluerock Projects
Karingal Green – a retirement village which defies all historical planning by embracing its natural bush setting, providing a chook pen for its residents and inviting its neighbours to embrace newly established walk paths as part of the precinct
City of Canning City Centre rejuvenation – which saw a commitment of $76 million by Council to green the precinct establishing a wetlands park from a compensating basin