Last year was a challenging one across the property industry with a lot of vacancies, both in the commercial and residential sector, which saw developers proceed with greater caution. This year it seems that the property industry is in for an upswing. Better predictions for the residential market, dropping commercial vacancy rates and trends indicate that across the board there will be recovery in the industry.
On the home front we have a few big projects that will come to fruition this year, including some multi-residential developments, commercial fitouts and aged care developments. Hopefully this positivity spreads and Perth continues to see great developments enhance our city.
Welcome back to the New Year. We hope that your Christmas break was spent enjoying good food and good company and that you managed to fit in some relaxation and rejuvenation. Our office has reopened today and we are hitting the ground running.
The recently completed project for the Burswood Park Board buildings involved the replacement of their Machinery and Workshops Building and the Administration Building within a new location. The result was a functional and aesthetic set of buildings that met the client’s needs. Have a look at the drone footage of the buildings here: https://youtu.be/O_iEO2Yd7yQ
Check out this drone footage of one of our recently completed projects, the Cockburn Bowling & Recreation Centre. This project provides great new bowling and community facilities for the City of Armadale, including both shaded and unshaded bowling greens, additional greens for other sports such as soccer, and great indoor facilities for functions, meals and general socialising. Have a look here: https://youtu.be/HMecUnpXxm8
The National Association of Building Designers 2018 Design Awards were held last night and one of our projects, Rossiter Pavilion, which won an award at the state level, was an entrant and took out the national award of Best Public Building Design! The awards were held across the nation via a live simulcast, with the Perth event hosted at the Brickworks Studio on King Street. It was a great night and we are very proud of the hard work put in by the whole team that made our project such a success!
Our project, The Guildford Hotel, recently came runner up in the Global Architecture & Design Awards in the category of Built Hospitality projects. The awards are given to projects that showcase excellence and innovation in architecture & design. This year, 748 projects were registered from more than 50 countries, spanning architecture, landscaping, urban design, product design and interior design categories. It is fantastic to see such a positive appraisal of one of our projects on a global scale. Have a look at the awards and entries here:
Join us at the CIDN (Construction Industry Drinks and Networking) Christmas Sundowner open to all on Thursday the 29th November. This will be a great way to celebrate the year that’s been with those within the construction industry. Who knows, you might even make some new business connections for the next year! $25 entry gets you canapes and a drink at The Shoe in Yagan Square from 5:30-8:30pm. Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cidn-perth-xmas-gratitude-drinks-tickets-50624948584?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Last week Kylee hosted an intimate dinner presentation at the Guildford Hotel. She gave a walking tour, pointing out features and explaining the different historical elements of the building, followed by a presentation revealing the state the hotel was in before the project started, the challenges and discoveries and progress shots along the way. The feedback was great and lots of personal stories were shared by the attendees of their relationship to the Guildford Hotel. It was fantastic to engage once again with the community in regards to this project and hear the positive reactions to the hotel!
Development Application approval has just been received for an exciting apartment building that we have been working on in Northbridge. We managed to get approval for a 6 storey development within a 4 storey area. The building incorporates a large range of innovative features such as car stackers, modular construction elements, electric car and motorbike hire and charging stations, PV integrated roof tiles, solar preheated water, individual energy usage monitors, significant amounts of external areas, landscaping and vegetation with a heavy emphasis on native waterwise plants and more. This building will be fantastic to live in with such great features and in a great central location.
Next week, to mark the 10 year anniversary since The Guildford Hotel fire, the Hotel will be hosting a Dinner with the Architect - our architect, Kylee Schoonens. Kylee will be hosting a walking tour and presentation at the Guildford Hotel for the event: Dinner with the Architect. This will be an exciting event, food is included (at a great price!) and a very personal approach to explaining the project, it's history and challenges. Learn about how The Guildford Hotel was rebuilt after the fire, and how heritage features were preserved. Get more info and tickets here:
MIT Engineers have experimented with embedding a firefly enzyme into the leaves of a plant to make it produce light. So far they have seen success despite at this stage only low light levels having been achieved which eventually wear off. However this is still an incredible innovation and they are continuing to work to optimise the light production, hoping to increase the brightness, extend its effects, and having the plant respond to sunlight and ‘switch off’.
Can you imagine the day where your bedside lamp is not a lamp, but instead a pot plant?
A cool little feature that you should start to see more of are wireless charging pads. These can be installed in a myriad of places. Imagine how handy it would be if you had these installed on some desks in your office, or public libraries or even on café tables?
There are a couple of places around Perth that have these now, including public bench seats around Victoria Park. Have you seen these anywhere?
Natural lighting is important in buildings and a much sought after feature. As architects we are well aware of how lighting can transform a space. We strive to incorporate natural light into every space, mindful of how much this can impact the comfort and the atmosphere of a space. Natural lighting is known to have many benefits for your health and has been proven in many studies to increase productivity. Additionally, natural lighting provides energy and cost savings as it reduces the need for artificial lighting.
In the past, access to natural lighting has been limited to spaces that are on the perimeter of a building or that have easy access to the roof for skylights. Advancements in the area of skylights are now seeing their application in spaces that would have traditionally been not considered feasible.
Solatube uses technology that can refract light around corners and even 90 degree bends within the skylight to access hard to reach places. This means that spaces do not need to have unimpeded direct vertical access to the roof for it to work. This brings natural light into lower floors of buildings, even to underground levels, and within spaces that are deep in the center of a building with no perimeter access. The design of the skylights means that their effectiveness does not depend on the position of the sun but can take advantage of any sunlight throughout the day regardless of position and they can even be dimmed. Solartube skylights are thermally regulated so that with the light excessive heat does not enter the building.
Augmented reality has developed in leaps and bounds in the last few years and we are seeing it used in many different ways such as games, like Pokemon Go, and in medicine such as mapping certain body parts during surgery.
Interestingly, architecture is one field where augmented reality is providing valuable alternative design and communication tools that will transform the industry. The main benefit is the creation of a virtual building in full scale that you can ‘experience’. This is beneficial both for the client and the architect. Instead of the architect trying to communicate their design through drawings and models to a client who is often not familiar with interpreting these, the client is able to see a full scale projection of their building in front of them and understand completely what has been designed. The architect also benefits in that they can see specific elements in a simulation of their application. This ensures greater translation of the design intention to the results; different element options can be tested in combination with one another, and more accurate adjustments made.
In the media lately there has been a lot of discussion on driverless cars. Most companies have taken the approach to modify existing cars with driverless technology however one company, Zoox, led by Australian born Tim Kentley-Klay, have approached this from a completely fresh perspective, to build a fully autonomous car from the ground up, rethinking the technology to create a type of robotic car.
The cars use a combination of cameras, radars and lidars to map what there is around you, the distance to these objects and their position in 3d planes. The cars are able to navigate from urban areas, to freeways and extremely dense traffic areas seamlessly.
You can see prototypes functioning on their website and they are on track to have a fully autonomous car available by 2020: https://zoox.com/
As our societies develop we are always looking to improve the efficiency of the systems that support them. A company in Tokyo, Mirai, has developed a faultless system for indoor vertical farming. Produce is grown in vertically stacked tray-like systems in a condition controlled room. They are grown hydroponically, each ‘tray’ with a set of adjustable lights above it in a room where temperature can be monitored and regulated.
The benefits to this system are many; being able to control the light, water, and the temperature means being able to reproduce the ideal growing conditions for maximum yield. In addition, extreme weather events are avoided and pests that pose a threat to the produce are eradicated, removing the need for pesticides. The produce is not impacted by adverse soil conditions or limited to areas with fertile soil. Additionally, due to the stacked nature of the system a higher yield per area is achieved. This means that more can be produced in a smaller area, reducing costs and the impact of space restrictions and increasing profit.
Another benefit is that this can be done in urban areas close to consumers. This means reduced transport times and costs, and the produce stays fresher for longer.
This is a radical shift from traditional farming but could be a solution to many problems. What do you think; can you picture this in Perth? With our population set to double by 2046 we might have to adopt these techniques sooner than we think. Watch this video to see exactly how they work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGtdoGXhjxQ
We recently did a little experiment in our office. The main wall of glazing in our office faces northeast (by the way we didn't design the building!) and that end of the office gets pretty warm! We decided to see exactly what affect all this glazing was having on the performance of the office space.
I have a simple little electric thermometer that has two sensors so we can monitor external temperature vs internal temperature. We recorded the outside temperature on a standard day mid morning at 16° as measured by The Bureau of Meteorology. Temperature is measured in a Stevenson screen which is essentially a louvered box so the instrument is in the shade.
The temperature on the outside of our window, in the sun but out of the wind was 24.8° whilst the temperature inside the glass was a whopping 30.4°! That's a temperature differential of 14.4° between the measured outdoor temperature in the shade to the internal room temperature. Can you image what the temperature might be like on a 35° day in summer. Luckily we have a wing wall and eave that will protect the glass in summer.
The moral of this story? Don't design your building with glazing unprotected from our summer sun.
Get winter sun into your building and it will be nice and toasty even on a cool 16° day.
We all know that green spaces are important in our cities and a recent study undertaken in the US now proves that they can decrease feelings of depression. They transformed vacant lots into areas with new trees and grass. In particular, low income neighbourhoods showed as high as a 27.5% reduction in depression rates. Green spaces are not only enjoyable to be in by providing a relaxing public breakout space, but they absorb a lot of heat reflected in city centres and help clean the air. They are beneficial for our mental and physical health.
In all of our projects we are conscious of incorporating elements that encourage a sense of well-being within our buildings; whether it is the use of natural light, comforting materials, or the presence of vegetation within in the building, or at least the sight of it around. We are aware of the physiological benefits to occupants if these are incorporated.
This is important to consider not just in the designing of individual buildings, but also in the planning of our cities and suburbs. This approach encourages higher density living in that if we build up rather than out, we can reserve more areas for open green space to intersperse amongst our buildings.
Site works have begun at one of our projects up north. This project is for alternative housing options that provide assisted living to cater towards an ageing community. The aim of the project is to provide accommodation that will enable ageing in place, enhance residents’ independence within a safe environment and enable residents to remain within their community as long as possible.
It is rewarding designing projects that will enhance peoples’ lives and strengthen their community.
Have a look at the progress photos on the siteworks below. Asphalt, kerbs and footpaths won’t be far away and we will really start to see things take shape.
The contractor for our project Rossiter Pavilion, recently took out the Master Builders Association award for ‘Best Public Use Building’. Alita were fantastic at bringing our design into reality. The clients commented that they were amazed at how close the final building looked to the original renders.
It is crucial to have a great team working together on projects, because no matter how great your design is if you don’t have a contractor to match then the final outcome will disappoint. Alita Constructions worked with us and the wider team to create a building that achieved the high standard outcome that we wanted. Both ourselves and the clients were extremely happy with the results.
Have a look at the comparison between the design render and a photo of the built product here, can you pick which side is real: the left or right?
No matter what your project, most people are interested in incorporating sustainable design in some aspect or another. Whether your motivation is for cost savings, creating the most comfortable home, or to be as environmentally conscious as possible. There are countless products, options and information on the internet about sustainable design however it can be difficult to distinguish between what really works, what is most appropriate for your circumstances and what will be the most cost effective in reality.
Come join our director, Adrian Fratelle, at Home Base this Saturday the 28th July as he presents on just these ideas. His seminar will cover things to consider before you have even started your project, design principles that should drive your choices, and discussing particular products and systems and how they work. He will help you navigate your way through the web of information out there so you have a clear understanding of sustainable design. Whether you have a specific project in mind, you just want to be more informed or think there may be a project in the far off future. This is a great opportunity to learn from someone in the know.
Rossiter Pavilion won best Public Building at the Building Designers Association WA awards this weekend. Thanks to our amazing client the City of Armadale, contractor Alita Constructions, our consultants and of course the whole Fratelle Group team. Also congratulations to Alita Constructions for winning best Public Use Building between $5 million and $10 million at the Master Builders Association awards.
One of our directors Kylee Schoonens, recently sat down with the Australian Institute of Architects to discuss heritage architecture. Of particular interest was the discussion around the recently restored and renovated Guildford Hotel. Besides the practical difficulties of the project, they discussed the different philosophies and attitudes taken to heritage architecture, the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches. It's a worthwhile read and interesting to see the pictures of the fire destroyed building and the end product. It can be found in the Autumn/Winter Issue of The Architect, which can be picked up from Boffins.
Have you ever been interested in investing in property, or perhaps you already have? BIG (Boutique Investors Group) is hosting an event with our director, Adrian Fratelle, guest speaking on innovative design. BIG are a property investment group aimed at educating, training and mentoring all members. They welcome all level of investors from the first home buyer, to the 'mum and dad' investors, to large developers.
The event is on Wednesday 25th July and all are welcome to attend. If this is something that you have ever toyed with the idea of but never done anything about because you felt out of your depth then this will be a great introduction.
Location: The Boardroom at Loftus Recreation Centre, 99 Loftus Street Leederville
Date & Time: Wednesday 25th July, 6:00pm meet for 6:30 start - 8:30pm finish.
Cost: $20 or $30 for couples (cash only at the door), including light refreshments
We had the official opening of the Rossiter Pavilion in Piara Waters recently. The Pavilion was named after the Rossiter family, who have contributed to the local community since settling in the area before WWI. It was great to have the City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones there, along with the City of Armadale’s Andrew Barnett, MP Matt Keogh & whole host of welcome guests. The Rossiter Pavilion is going to be a contender in the UDIA, MBA and BDA awards later this year so keep your eyes peeled!
Congratulations to all the winners of the recent Western Australian Architecture Awards. It was great to see a whole range of quality architecture being produced in Western Australia. Most notably, congratulations to Hassell, Cox and HKS for winning the George Temple Poole Award for the new Optus Stadium. Have a look at the entries here: https://architectureau.com/articles/2018-wa-architecture-awards/
Our Money Street apartment development in Northbridge is helping push the boundaries for integrating innovative technologies within the Perth apartment scene.
The apartment complex will have an independent company install a high number of Solar PV panels onto the building not only to produce energy for the building’s occupants but to generate a surplus which can then be fed back in to the grid. The building will also be of modular construction techniques and locally built. For the occupants, electric car and scooter hire will be available via an app on their phone with booking schedules and a payment system similar to Uber. Each apartment will also have an energy monitoring system so occupants can measure and adjust their energy usage.
This approach to reducing a building’s energy footprint and therefore running costs is increasingly recognised as integral to successful building solutions for both individual's and society’s needs. We are looking forward to the final outcome of the project and seeing similar innovations around Perth!
We recently saw the grand opening of one of our long-anticipated projects – the Rossiter Pavilion in Piara Waters. This new community centre provides beautiful brand new facilities for a range of community groups. It has a playing field, a nature based playground, and inside the pavilion is a large main hall, rooms for meetings and other purposes, changerooms, a clubroom and canteen facilities.
Projects like this help to reinvigorate the community by creating a place where people can get together to play sports, meet with their special interest groups, and socialise. When we invest in facilities that look and feel good, people will use them and our community will strengthen!
Fratelle group went to the NABD awards last night at the Brickworks Studio. We were up for 6 awards, we are very excited to have taken home 4 of those awards.
Best Alteration / Addition Commercial Design - The Guildford Hotel
Best New Commercial Design - Prowse Street
Best Heritage Design - The Guildford Hotel
Best Non - Residential Interior Design - The Guildford Hotel
Kylee Schoonens is an international guest speaker and panelist at the Smart Women In Built Environment conference, a part of the BuildTech Asia exhibition, Singapore.
Organised by the Prestressed and Precast Concrete Society, Structural Engineering World Congress and Sphere Exhibits Pty Ltd, the inaugural Skilled, Motivated, Articulate, Resourceful, Transformed – SMART Women in Built Environment conference addresses the current progression and empowerment of women professionals in the built environment sector within the region.
The conference features discussions by leading women professionals from Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore as well as female representatives from various Government agencies. It will examine roles, responsibilities, challenges and personal journeys of women professionals in the industry, as well as various national initiatives to empower them to excel in the built environment sector. The event is supported by Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade),BCA, Engineers Australia and the National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC).
We are very proud to announce that Fratelle Group were awarded 6 BDAWA Design Awards on Saturday night, we took home 5 awards for the restoration of the Guildford Hotel and 1 award for Prowse Street. We are now in the running for the National Design Awards including the highest award, the Design Excellence Award held in Canberra in November 2017. Only a few weeks ago, The Guildford Hotel received a commendation in the Heritage Category at this year's Australian Institute of Architects Western Australia Awards, and also shortlisted for a Heritage Council Award for Conservation and Adaptive Re-use.
Fratelle Group were awarded a commendation in the Heritage Category at this year's Australian Institute of Architects Western Australia Awards. Only a few weeks ago, The Guildford Hotel was shortlisted for a Heritage Council Award for Conservation and Adaptive Re-use. Thanks to our clients, Guildford Activate and Publican Group Australia for your support on the project, to our consultants and the contractor, Ultimo Design and Construct.
Our affordable smart housing designs for ‘The Embankment’ in the Riverhaven Estate in Martin are now available for purchase. The estate is in a beautiful area in close proximity to many national parks and would be ideal for families and those looking for a quieter lifestyle. Have a look at this flythrough video to see the area and houses:
Two of our projects have just hit the tender stage – Cockburn Bowling & Recreation Centre and the Piara Waters Playing Field and Pavilion. It is exciting to see these projects reach these milestones which means that we will see construction in the near future! Have a look at the renders of these projects below to get an idea of what the finished product will be like.
Recently some of the Fratelle Group team were fortunate enough to go on a tour of the New Perth Stadium in Burswood. It was impressive to see the large structure under construction. Here's a sneak peak of the Stadium:
Fratelle Group joined with Charter Hall to host the Property Council of Australia’s ‘BIG CBD Projects’ lunch this week. It was great to see so many familiar faces and the large range of attendees is always testament to the strength of the property industry of WA. Thanks again to the Property Council for providing the forum through which we can create connections across the industry to work together to see it thrive.
Refurbishment works to part of the Forrestfield Shopping Centre have been completed and the shopping centre has been transformed. The outdoor area which includes a nature playground and alfresco area has provided an engaging space for the community to gather. The area (named The Junction) hosted a Mini Food Circus in January, February, and March with circus workshops, face painting, shoot outs with Perth Wildcats players, food trucks, live music and more. And just recently Dome Café which fronts the area has opened up. Head down to have a look and keep an eye out for future events on the Hawaiian Forrestfield website!
Mid March saw the presentation of projects to the Australian Institute of Architects at UWA for the Architecture Awards. Kylee presented the Guildford Hotel in the Heritage, Commercial and Interior Architecture categories. 149 projects were entered across all categories so it was a great day for those who attended to see what has been happening over the last year in the architecture industry in Western Australia. If you haven't been down to check out the Hotel for yourself have a look at some photos here: http://fratellegroup.com.au/portfolio/guildford-hotel-redevelopment/
Oxford’s street newest addition is the popular Yelo Café which we saw completed for our client early this year. This café conversion fits right into the unique character of Mount Hawthorn and is jam packed with Yelo Café’s usual delicious home made goods. Head down to grab a coffee or a bite and check it out.
Fratelle Group will be closing our office from the 22nd of December until the 9th of January for the Christmas & New Year period. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday during this period and look forward to hearing from you in the New Year.
After three years of hard work, the Guildford Hotel is nearly complete. This is a project that has been very special to Fratelle Group, having been engaged for both the base build and fitout of the Hotel. A project that is steeped in history, both through the built form and the involvement with the community. We have enjoyed uncovering layers of the past and bringing the “grand Old’ Dame” of Guildford back to life. The Hotel is due to open in a few short weeks. Here is a sneek preview at what it looks like. Thanks to Today Tonight for the story.
Construction works have commenced at Carine Recreation Centre, and expected to last the next 10 months. Works are progressing quickly, and we look forward to finalising the new home of Football, Soccer, Softball, Teeball and Baseball within Carine. Watch this space for more progress photos!
Kylee Schoonens has been awarded the 2015 WA Emerging Architect Prize, announced at the Australian Institute of Architects FESTIVUS on November 27th. Kylee was awarded the prize for her deep involved in the practice of architecture, is fired with infectious enthusiasm, and has a motivated enterprise bent. Apart from her practice, she is an Institute of Architects chapter councillor, an effective advocate for gender equity and for promoting the use of architects.
The Emerging Architect Prize recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena.
Are you curious about the prefabricated construction industry in WA? There's been an increasing amount of discussion around this industry and we are seeing some very interesting projects going forward with this alternative method of construction.
Have a look at this issue of Builders Choice Magazine - skip to page 41 and read all about the industry including a mention of our director Adrian Fratelle - also a board director of PrefabAUS! There are some great photos of prefab and modular projects within the article. If you want to know more about PrefabAUS or are aware of any new interesting projects that are prefab or modular feel free to give us a call - we would love to hear from you.
The team here at Fratelle Group recently took part in an 'Amazing Race' team building day. Organised by 'Achieving Synergy', we were split into three teams and taken to the heart of the Perth CBD where we set off in a race against each other. Work was completely forgotten the instant the race started and the team bonding began as we united towards the common goal of winning the Amazing Race. The afternoon was spent running all over Perth decrypting clues, finding spies, landmarks and undergoing team challenges all in a race against the clock.
Competing neck and neck with the other teams definitely brought out the competitive spirit in all and made for some very funny scenes. All in all it was an adrenaline and laughter filled day. Here's a small peak at some of the things the teams got up to... we don't want to spoil the surprises if you want to do your own Amazing Race - we highly recommend it !
Construct15 - Global Knowledge, Global Solutions, a conference on advances in construction practices, innovative technologies and first class research is being held in Perth next week - and Adrian is speaking.
Adrian will be presenting on behalf of PrefabAUS about the prefabrication and modular industry within Australia.
Come along and watch Adrian's presentation along with many other knowledgeable and interesting speakers from developers, architects, researchers, professors, BIM experts, lean construction experts, planners, and a range of presentations, workshops and panels that cover more topics than you can imagine.
On the back of a successful east coast presentation series by Amy Marks, come along to Perth's PrefabAUS Sundowner on Thursday 16th July to discover how Australia’s growing off-site construction sector must change to keep up with an increasingly global industry.
PrefabAUS, industry leader in Australia, will host a sundowner featuring a screening of US XSite Modular President Amy Marks’ lecture series presentation with time for questions and a discussion afterwards. The event is kindly sponsored by Alto Modular and will be followed by networking, drinks and canapes at the Northbridge Brewery.
An internationally renowned expert speaker, Amy will draw on her extensive experience in the overseas prefab market to inform, educate and inspire. She is the president and owner of consulting firm XSite Modular which focuses on enabling and optimizing the use of off-site and prefabrication in many applications, including large, complex, technology-embedded buildings from single dwellings to government buildings, hotels, healthcare buildings and data centres. Amy will outline where prefabrication is leading the way and identify the critical drivers for change in each area.
Discuss prefabricated building technology, the most exciting and innovative movement within Australia’s building industry, with other prefabAUS members - manufacturers, suppliers, architects, engineers, research bodies and client groups from across WA.
Watch a short presentation, network and learn from:
Amy Marks, XSite Director, member of Singapore Government's Building Construction Authority Professor Peter Newman, Curtin University – Author of ‘New horizons for sustainable manufacturing’ Professor of Sustainability, Director of Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Board Director of PrefabAUS Adrian Fratelle, Director at Fratelle Group – Board Director of PrefabAUS
Thursday 16th July, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Northbridge Piazza Community Building for Amy Marks Presentation,
Northbridge Brewery for networking, drinks and canapes afterwards.
Last night the very exciting Topping Out ceremony was held for the Guildford Hotel to celebrate the completion of the roof! It was a fantastic evening and very exciting to see such impressive progress on the hotel. It was great crowd of a variety of people coming together, including the owner, Luke Martino, MLC Alyssa Hayden, local council members, the project team and some local community members to celebrate this milestone.
Kylee recently participated in a Q&A about creativity, inspiration and architectural trends. Here's how it went....
How would you describe your architectural style?
“My style is diverse, and this is reflected in the fact that we have so many types of projects that we work on [at Fratelle Group]. Each project doesn’t adhere to the same style every time. We make it specific to suit the project. So I guess it’s not so much a style, but an inspiration we take for each project from an idea or the client brief that informs our approach to that particular design.
For example, at the moment we are working on a number of projects that are quite contemporary, including office buildings, recreation and retail centres, and multi-residential units. But we are also designing a number of heritage projects, such as the Guildford Hotel, which needed to be quite sympathetic to the style of the era. Our aged care work needs to be driven by function of the building, rather following than a singular design concept. And finally, we are designing urban projects such as a bridge, which is super modern with lots of flowing lines, brightly coloured and is very different to any of our other projects.
Each design approach responds differently to our client’s brief and the context of the project, but having a strong story for each project from the project outset is very important, and carrying this through the design to completion. There is not one single style that I find is continuous through every project at Fratelle.”
How would you say your architectural style and focus evolved over your career?
"I think my design style has become more refined after being exposed to different projects and knowing what works and what doesn’t. Also trying to push the boundaries of design with projects is not something I have really shied away from, therefore we really challenge our ideas.
I think it’s important to test ideas and test the boundaries of architecture through your designs. But also ensuring projects are buildable and cost effective because at the end of the day you can come up with the most amazing, fantastic looking design but it is no good to anyone if you can’t afford to build it."
How do you approach each project creatively?
"It’s very much a collaborative team approach at Fratelle Group. In terms of our creative methodology we start with getting into the head of our client to create a really robust brief. We do spend the time trying to understand their drive for the project and how they will interact with the space for the long term, not just how many rooms they need and how big they need the building to be. The outcomes they want to achieve, the experience they want to have in the space is all important to us to gain the best understanding for the project. Its more than just about the construction of the building, it’s about how they will interact within the space into the future.
This is actually a really fun process, workshopping ideas with our team and allowing those creative juices to flow. “
What are the characteristics of great architecture?
"To me great architecture doesn’t have to be obvious or iconic. You walk into a space and it just feels right. A space feels right if it is designed correctly and the trick is being able to capture this from an initial idea, and staying true to that idea to completion of the building.
Sometimes it’s something you can’t explain and you don’t have to - because you just walk in and the space is light and airy, it feels well resolved and it provides moments within the space. So yes, good design it’s not excessive…it’s not gaudy and it’s not in your face…
And that’s the thing, because there are so many different styles of design, not just in architecture that I appreciate. I think high quality finish is always important. You can always tell if something is good quality. You always know.”
What are the key trends for 2015?
"In Australia we have so many amazing materials being brought to market, so to me it’s about exploring new materials and allowing these materials speak for themselves. Not trying to cover them up with lots of extra bits. So raw natural materials within buildings I feel will be a design trend.
I think the increase of digital resources available to the profession is allowing us to also test new materials and design concepts in ways that haven’t been possible in the past. Computer aided modelling is allowing us to further test the limits of design, and with the increase in virtual modelling, it is becoming easier for us to explain our ideas to our clients, and model concepts in their built environment further than ever before.
Another key trend would be sustainability. Whilst this is not a new “trend” more a necessity in design, every year sustainability in design is becoming more and more important as we are becoming increasingly conscious as a society of the long term impact we are having on the environment. At Fratelle we often look towards carbon neutral or reduced impact carbon footprint being intrinsic to our designs for projects if the budget allows, rather than just tacking products that reduce water or power consumption onto the outside of a building. A passive approach to sustainability is always a preferred option, allowing patrons to use the space as they intend without needing a master’s degree to operate a building effectively.
Excluding these, I don’t feel like I stick to ‘trends’ in architecture, certainly when it comes to design fads. A trend to me is something that comes and goes quickly and architectural buildings are here for a long time, that long outlast current trends – architecture needs to be timeless.
That’s not to say that the built form and the spaces we design aren’t contemporary or ‘now’ but its not something I would look at as a pure driver of our designs….You don’t want people to look at a building in 20 years’ time and say ‘oh that’s from 2015’."
An article in today's West Australian on property economist Urbis has dismissed claims that Perth is facing a looming apartment oversupply. Urbis is confident that with increased house prices, land shortage, and shifting demographics, the densification of our city is gaining traction. They cite factors such as off-the-plan sales for the misunderstanding of apartment supply and demand levels. A survey of 79 active apartment projects found that 68% had been sold and most projects were sold out or very close by the time they were finished. However in 2014 only 17% of dwelling approvals were for apartments.
We see increased apartment supply as benefiting our population and that reports similar to the one from Urbis are positive news for our city.
2015 is proving to be a very busy and exciting year. Kylee has been announced as a new WA Chapter Council member for the Australian Institute of Architects for a two year term. The Chapter Council is responsible for managing the AIA’s business in WA and this is a great privilege for Kylee. It is fantastic for Fratelle Group to be involved with the AIA in this way – this provides Kylee with increased opportunity to advocate for architecture in WA.
Kylee has been selected to be a jury member for the Urban Design Committee for the 2015 WA Architecture Awards, following on from her role as Chair for the 2014 Awards Commercial Committee jury. The presentation to the juries is held on Saturday the 21st of March at the University of Western Australia’s ALVA Campus in Nedlands and is open to the public. Come along to listen to presentations on great design – you may see Kylee or some of the team there! Or come down to see one of our projects - we have entered our Balcatta Office & Industrial Development into the Commercial category of these awards.
For more information on the awards view them here:
Exciting news for both Adrian & Kylee from the Property Council.
Adrian has been selected to the Property Council’s WA Residential Committee for a two year term. This committee addresses legislative, social & economic issues affecting high density residential development in WA. It identifies networking, advocacy & research needs in the residential sector & coordinates events, products & services.
Kylee has been renominated to the Property Council's WA Commercial Property Committee for a two year term. This committee focuses on major legislative and economic issues that impact on the development, ownership and management of property as an asset class.
You can see the full committee list of members here:
Planning Experts are pushing Perth to "Go up or go bust". There is an increasing demand for residences with our rising population, but Perth is failing to keep up with adequate apartment development. Despite new developments, only 25% of new homes in Perth are apartments compared to 70% in Sydney. Watch the video for more information…
We are delighted with the outcome from the City of Swan's Council meeting on Wednesday December 17 2014, initiating the Scheme Amendment for the mixed use development to the rear of the Guildford Hotel. Fratelle Group, along with our consultant team will now continue our community consultation throughout the advertising period to ensure the best outcome for the project. We look forward to progressing this project in 2015 and to continue the restoration of the Guildford Hotel.
You can read more on the link - https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/25813047/guildford-hotel-plans-approved/
Recently Kylee was interviewed on the radio station RTR FM for their "Design Matters" show. This show is run fortnightly by RTR FM to look at Perth designers and what they're doing locally and beyond. Kylee chats about design, architecture, Perth, touching on recent projects and women in the construction industry. Check out what she has to say by clicking on the audio link below:
We are employing the most advanced technology to document the changes to the historic Guildford Hotel. Working with BCE Surveyors, we have 3D scanned the whole building and are now using this in our BIM modelling software to provide real-time 3D documentation for the project. This is just the start of the change to the Hotel. Watch this impressive video below to see the 3D model:
Fantastic news for the Guildford Hotel - the Heritage Minister has approved a grant for $100,000 towards reconstructing the hotel's belvedere. It's exciting to see such support for this project from the State Heritage Office. Hopefully this assists with the speed of the project - the pressure is now on to ensure we meet the time frames to reopen the Guildford Hotel.
"Roof cover for the Guildford Hotel is imminent. Heritage Council just approved plans for a permanent cover structure," the message read.
The interior of the Guildford Hotel is increasingly in a state of disrepair.
That tip-off was confirmed on Wednesday, with news the Heritage Council had given its approval.
"The Heritage Council supports the partial re-roofing of the Guildford Hotel as it is consistent with the original roof form and will be a positive outcome for the place," State Heritage Office executive director Graeme Gammie said.
"The City of Swan is the decision making authority who will give approval for the works."
The Guildford Hotel has not been open since a fire in 2008.
Project architect Kylee Schoonens said an amended development application was submitted to the City of Swan earlier this month, and that a decision was expected in coming weeks.
"The installation of the roof will help to tie the building together structurally and protect it from the elements," she said.
In another win for the hotel, a grant of $100,000 was awarded by the State Government on Wednesday. The funds will be used to reconstruct the building's belvedere.
On October the 16th the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), and Young & Emerging Project Professionals (YEPP) are holding a networking and information event on "Creating Work Success".
Kylee has been invited to speak at this event which is aimed at providing guidance to young professionals on how to manoeuvre the challenges and opportunities of professional life to achieve success. If you are interested in attending additional information and ticket purchase can be found on the AIPM website here:
Fratelle Group has accepted the challenge of participating in the 2014 Abseil for PMH! The event is a fundraising activity in which participants get to abseil down the 125 metre high Woodside Plaza building in Perth’s CBD – as long as you fundraise the minimum amount for the children at Princess Margaret Hospital. We have assembled a team of 4 brave participants to take on the challenge to help PMH support WA’s most vulnerable children.
This year the money raised will go towards helping doctors determine how to accurately administer medication dosage to children via ventilation machines. Come down on the 31st of October to check out the adventure or donate to the Fratelle Team to help support the children at PMH.
For more information or to donate to the Fratelle Team follow the link below:
Kylee Schoonens has been invited to be a guest speaker and facilitator at the “Little Girl Big Dream” Masterclass at the beginning of October. This is an impressive event held for a small number of high calibre young professional women to give advice and teach them how to navigate the professional world to attain their goals. Throughout the event Kylee will be speaking alongside Lisa Scaffidi, the Lord Mayor of Perth and participating in workshops with the women where the two of them will facilitate these workshops with the masterclass participants. Kylee and Lisa will both share their experience and knowledge on the day, drawing from their personal experiences to help young professional women grow and succeed in their careers! For more information or to purchase a ticket head over to this website:
Last night, September 11th the National Association of Women in Construction hosted a panel discussion on “Building Blocks for the Future: extending the life of Perth’s Construction Boom” followed by networking drinks. Kylee participated as moderator of this event and the evening was a hit! Jenny and Kylee are also both co-chair for the Event Committee and worked hard to make this event a success.
With guest speakers Dale Alcock, Jemma Green, Gail McGowan, & Robert Wallwork all giving their own insight into Perth’s construction industry, where it is going and how we can shape this – the dialogue was stimulating and covered everything from the rise in construction costs, to transport issues, urban sprawl and new construction technologies such as prefabrication.
The revitalisation of The Guildford Hotel is once again underway.
With the recent acquisition of new tenants ‘The Publican Group’ and new Architects ‘Fratelle Group’ engaged, together with Heritage Consultants and Town Planners ‘TPG’ and Heritage Structural Engineers, Airey Taylor Consulting, momentum is building and the first stage of works are underway.
One of the most visible improvements to the building’s facade has been the removal of the graffiti from the building facade. Described as a “small victory for the community” by head architect on the project Steve Irvine from Fratelle Group.
“And, the site has been secured and made safe by ‘Ultimo Constructions', ahead of the next phase of the hotel refurbishment" says Irvine. “The removal of signage and debris from the hoarding was removed from site.” And, the iconic socks put there by passionate local residents have also been removed, but their relevance won’t be forgotten.”he says.
Director of architecture firm Fratelle Group’s Kylee Schoonens adds, “We have taken professional photography of the Hotel, including features such as street art inside the building, and even the protest and we hope to represent this artistically in some way in the completed project. We see this stage of dereliction, although not ideal, as another stage of its history and a powerful message from the community for their love of this building."
And now with the site secure, the new and passionate team can focus on the further rejuvenation of the site, such as cleaning up the site and installing a new permanent roof to further protect the building.
"From here, we just want to take one small step at a time’ says owner Luke Martino. "We are conscious of the community’s passion and investment in this iconic project, and we are working hard to have the Great Old Dame rebuilt."
Key Facts and Figures
Minor Urgent Works on the building have recently been completed.
21 Aug 2014: Urgent Minor works completed as follows;
• Removal of foreign material from site fences and gantry
• Removal of foreign signage from site fences and gantry • Secured the perimeter fence
• Remedied leaking mains supply
• Make building secure - Changed padlocks to single key system for gate and storage sheds
23 Aug 2014: Removal of graffiti completed
12 Sept 2014: Heritage Council committee meeting to review approvals for further pre-enabling works including a permanent roof structure to protect the building.
19 Sept 2014 (TBC): The leveling and clean of back of site. Date TBC.
At Fratelle Group, we are always looking to incorporate the latest technological innovations, to better present our ideas to our clients. With the widespread use of 3d modelling, physical models are now rarely used. However, nothing presents an idea better than a physical model. This is why we are very excited about the ‘’new future physical model’’.
PrefabAUS hosted its inaugural conference in Melbourne this week. With attendees and speakers from around Australia and the world in attendance – it was a great success. The conference highlighted the largely untapped potential that this industry holds for the construction industry in Australia.
After the conference the annual AGM was conducted and new board directors were appointed. Fratelle Group is proud to announce that our own director Adrian Fratelle was nominated and accepted onto the board. "I'm proud to be accepted onto the board to what is an important part of the future of Australia's construction industry. Prefabrication of building components and even complete buildings off site reduces construction time and raises the quality of construction. It reduces waste, is safer for workers and has far less impact on the community and our environment. Prefabrication is not here to replace traditional construction but sit alongside, providing an exciting alternative".
The inaugural conference was a great success with developers, builders, architects, manufacturers and prefabrication companies all attending, providing some stimulating conversation on the future of our country's construction industry.
Perth will host PrefabAUS events in the coming year. For more information on upcoming events and membership, please head to the PrefabAUS website: www.prefabaus.org.au
Fratelle Group recently won a design competition to design a proposed new pedestrian bridge that will link the Perth Children's Hospital and Kings Park . The bridge, which is a unique, highly colourful steel bridge reminiscent of a giant rainbow serpent that twists and turns out of the tree canopy of Kings Park and across the road into Hospital's Northern Green Space will span Winthrop Avenue and essentially join the QEII Medical Centre site in Nedlands with Kings Park and the Synergy Parklands. We are excited to be working with the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation on this project.To see more of this project, click here.
The Bear by Night Ball was held on Saturday March 22nd in the spectacular grounds of Government House. This year the ball was a Downton Abbey-inspired theme, a wonderful evening that was spent raising money to purchase ventilators needed by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Fratelle Group was proud to sponsor this event and to provide our support to this very important cause.
Held in the charismatic venue of an old Fremantle Prison workshop, the National Association of Women in Construction (WA) Awards for Excellence took place on the evening of Thursday 20th March. A number of Fratelle Group staff attended, including Director Kylee Schoonens who is also the Events Co-Chair on the NAWIC Committee.
It was fantastic to see some of the talented women currently involved in the construction industry in WA, and inspiring to hear co-patron of the night The Hon. Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi speak of the challenges and opportunities that today’s women face in a professional role.
A big congratulations go to all of the evening’s winners, especially painter Emma Bain the winner of the night’s big award, the Western Australia Crystal Vision award, which recognises and celebrates the achievements of an exceptional woman within the construction industry, who with vision and commitment, has not only forged her own career, but has also promoted and encouraged the development of other women within the industry and in doing so, has provided a significant contribution to the industry as a whole.
A big thank you to the organizing committee for putting on yet another great event, and also to Austral Bricks and European Ceramics for helping us their generous donations of prizes including a night at Crown and an iPad respectively, along with all of the other sponsors.
Fratelle Group are very proud to announce that Director Kylee Schoonens, was named a WA Business News 40under40 Award winner at the 2014 awards ceremony held in Perth last night.
Now in its 13th year, the awards program recognises and celebrates WA’s 40 leading business entrepreneurs under 40 years of age. Kylee was awarded for her unwavering client and industry focus, diligent work ethic as well as contributions to WA business and local communities.
Kylee has helped build Fratelle Group into a successful architectural firm in just four years, attracting key clients across the architectural and construction sectors.
“I am honoured to be recognized for my success throughout my career as well as a business leader in my field”, says Kylee, “I feel privileged to be in a position where I can help to raise the profile of women in this industry and to be a part of the development of WA”.
Over the years the 40under40 initiative has discovered many young leaders. Kylee is happy to not only be recognized for her success, but also to be placed amongst some of the state’s brightest entrepreneurs who have demonstrated a commitment to building a prosperous business in WA.
We are so thrilled to have such a high achiever as part of our team, here at Fratelle Group. Congrats Kylee!
On Friday 7th March (International Women’s Day), several Fratelle Group team members attended a networking function organised by The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), The Australian Institute of Project Management, and the Water Corporation at Mt Eliza House in Kings Park.
A delightful location, this garden cocktail party - attended by Hon Alannah MacTiernan MP, and Hon Liza Harvey MLA - celebrated the contribution and involvement of women across various industry groups relating to construction and development.
It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other like-minded professionals and mingle with some of Western Australia’s most inspiring leaders.
The next organised NAWIC function is the NAWIC Awards for Excellence on Thursday 20th March.
The Building Commission's Smoke alarm laws fact sheet now provides information on a new interconnection requirement for mains-powered residential smoke alarms.
The new interconnection requirement affects:
people involved in transferring ownership of their homes
lessors (landlords) renting or hiring their homes
people involved in the installation of smoke alarms such as electricians and builders
architects, building designers and building surveyors
real estate agents and settlement agents
The Building Regulations 2012 require owners to have compliant smoke alarms installed in dwellings subject to sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire. The Regulations require the smoke alarms to be in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) applicable at the time of installation of the alarms.
From 1 May 2014, the BCA will require the interconnection of smoke alarms where more than one alarm is required to be installed.
This nationally driven requirement has been introduced to increase the likelihood of sleeping occupants becoming aware of the dangers of smoke in another part of the dwelling.
Owners required to have more than one smoke alarm installed in dwellings subject to sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire may be affected by this new requirement.
More information can be found on the Building Commission fact sheet - http://www.buildingcommission.wa.gov.au/docs/brochures/smoke-alarm-laws-feb-2014-3.pdf
Recently the Fratelle Group team visited one of our current projects on site - the Office/Warehouse/Laboratory currently under construction on the corner of Balcatta Road and Natalie Way.
As the project is nearing its completion, it was an opportunity for everyone in our office to see something that many of us have had a hand in at some point, becoming a reality, and great experience to see how things are done on site.
Check out the photos and stay tuned for news on completion!
We are proud to announce that our Director Kylee Schoonens has been nominated for the Business News 40 under 40 awards. This is a prestigious award and Kylee feels honoured to be nominated amongst some of WA's best business achievers.
"The awards recognise not only personal determination and commercial drive, but also the philanthropic pursuits that balance these young individuals’ professional achievements."
The judging process is now under way voting will open on the website soon and the winners announced in March 2014. We will keep you posted on her progress.
The 2013 WA Architecture Awards, held last night at the Concert Hall was overall a great night. Whilst here at Fratelle we didn't receive the award for the evening, we did receive a commendation for our Baker Street property in Fremantle. Congratulations to all of the winners, in particular to the Perth Arena for winning the George Temple Poole Award (the highest award of the evening).
The whole team came along to the evening and we all had a great night! A different format from previous years, this year the evening was a sit down presentation, followed by a cocktail party.
Here are some photos of some of the team from the evening. We have already pencilled in the night for next year's awards.
It's the week where the best of the best are named in the 2013 WA Architecture Awards. The exhibition of the finalists for each category are being displayed this week in QV1. Fratelle Group is a finalist in the Heritage Awards for our Fremantle cottage. We are up against some of the heavyweights of Perth, such as the newly completed Brookfield Place and the new WA Ballet Headquarters. But we aren't concerned - we took out a similar award in 2011, beating the WA State Theatre in the Lighting Award.
Come and check out the awards exhibition all this week. The winners are announced this Friday at Perth Concert Hall. Stay tuned for the winners.
Our photos of Guildford Hotel. Thanks Squint Photography! https://t.co/e2A1oDpHTQ
One of our Directors Kylee Schoonens, doing an add for True Oak. https://t.co/Jy18kEptmL
Finally our photos of the The Guildford Hotel. Looks Amazing.