The World Architecture Festival (WAF) was truly an international gathering and competition for architects from all corners of the world.
And, they were rewarded for their efforts to participate and their submissions.
Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects from Perth, Australia, took home the prize for ‘Best Use of Color 2017’ for their project Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel in Junjuwa, Australia.Aboriginals make up only three percent of Australia’s population. Due to their history and coping with the modern world, they struggle to keep their culture, languages, and traditions alive.
Four Native Australian language groups live in the outlying communities of Fitzroy Crossing that is 2,675 kilometers from Perth and about 400 kilometers from Broome – the next larger city. Fitzroy Crossing is prone to challenging weather conditions with heat, humidity, floods, bushfires, and invasions of insects. Not exactly the ideal living conditions.However, it is home to these groups and it is now a place where the new hostel can serve all four Aboriginal groups. The hostel is basically a hospice for Native Australians with Renal Disease. Patients with this disease need hemodialysis at least three times a week. Each treatment takes 2.5 to 4.5 hours.
Before the Fitzroy Crossing hostel was built, patients had to move to Perth for treatment. Many have opted not to do this as they could not stay close to their families and communities. The center now solves this by providing enough space for patients and their relatives.
The hostel consists of 13 rooms for a total of 19 persons. It is a cluster of six small houses with front porches and private verandahs. The distances between the houses are far enough to allow finding one’s own space under the trees to observe the movement of people as is the tradition of the Aboriginals.The materials used for the buildings were largely decided by the remote location and the availability. They are concrete slabs, steel frames, Colorbond steel, and painted fiber cement cladding.
The hostel provides a safe environment to wander and gather. The color screens filter the light in a way to create appropriate atmospheres.
Source: Photos are courtesy of Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects and architonic