Laminex Australia’s projects of the year

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2 December 2015
Laminex Australia’s projects of the year
Residential Project of the Year: Zetland Kitchen, Scott Weston Architecture Design.

The vibrant Transperth Information Centre by Hart Architects and a stunning mid-century modern Sydney kitchen by Scott Weston Architecture Design have taken out Laminex Australia’s Project of the Year awards, with each winner taking home a $10,000 business grant.

Located at the historical Perth Railway Station, the Transperth Information Centre is a light, bright space that uses colour as communication. Laminex laminates in bold colours coordinate with the train lines to make it easier for people to get to where they want to go, while also creating a striking visual design.

Equally impressive is the refurbished terrace kitchen located in Zetland, Sydney. Marrying mid-century modern with a contemporary architectural edge, the kitchen is refreshing in its approach to colour and materials, and precise in its execution.

A panel of talented industry professionals and Laminex Australia representatives gathered to decide on two projects that deserved the title of “Project of the Year” for the hotly contested residential and commercial categories. The panel included Rina Cohen of Rina Cohen Designs, Adele Bates of Adele Bates Design, Sue Coles of Baenziger Coles, and Laminex Australia’s Group Design Director, Neil Sookee.

The judges were impressed with the range of high quality commercial and residential projects, however it was the inspiring, innovative and design forward projects by Hart Architects and Scott Weston Architecture Design that truly stood out. 

Laminex Australia’s Group Design Director, Neil Sookee, said the projects were extraordinary and the judges were unanimous in their decision.

“Both winners created beautifully crafted and inspiring spaces that were thoroughly engaging. We wanted to know more about each of the projects and how the design approach was employed in other elements. They didn’t just look good and function well, they felt good,” he said.

Commercial Project of the Year: Transperth Information Centre, Hart Architects

Located at the historical Perth Railway Station, the Transperth Information Centre is a light, bright space with a clever twist. Using Laminex, bold colours were introduced to coordinate with the train lines. Contrasting against the neutral interior, the coloured timetables correspond with the bright Laminex backdrops making it easier for both public and staff to use, while creating a strong visual focus.

The judges commended Hart Architects for bringing new meaning to the Transperth Information Centre: “The design starts with the end in mind. It’s about colour as communication, giving it the power to subconsciously take people to the right destination.” 

Residential Project of the Year: Zetland Kitchen, Scott Weston Architecture Design

Located in Zetland, Sydney, the refurbished terrace kitchen brings form and function to the fore. At the heart of the space, a custom-designed island gives a nod to 1950’s colours using Laminex laminates in bright pops of colour. Large sliding blue laminate doors conceal a guest WC, laundry and walk-in pantry to complete the surprising space.

The judges applauded the way the designers achieved a cleanliness of form with real personality: “This project stood out immediately as being truly unique and interesting. The detail of the joinery is incredible and even with lots of colour, there’s a beautiful tranquillity and flow to the space.”

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