Architectural excellence recognised at Verdant

Verdant by Stirling Capital has recognised as Western Australia’s leading multi-residential architecture project, winning the prestigious The Harold Krantz Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing at the 2020 WA Architecture Awards. This win follows Stirling Capital receiving the same award in 2019 for its highly acclaimed Cirque Mount Pleasant project.

Verdant, on Stirling Street in the heart of Perth, showcases Stirling’s signature design focus, attention to detail and eco-minded features in an exciting mid-city location.

Verdant features 136 apartments across 19 levels, all with generous living spaces and large terraces with expansive views that enhance the building’s internal sense of openness and space. It is topped with an entire level dedicated to resident amenities that include a gym and sauna, open air movie theatre and yoga deck, and a shared barbecue, lounge and dining area.

Verdant’s design ensure the building’s environmental footprint is light, with a strong focus on energy efficiency and maximised use of natural light and ventilation. The building incorporates a unique three-story green wall that is a welcome vertical expanse of lush greenery right in the heart of the city.

In assessing Verdant, the WA Architecture Awards jury members described the project as “a wellexecuted, disciplined, thoughtful and affordable apartment development” that would appeal to younger, forward-thinking occupants.

“The building is well composed, both at street level and expressed from a distant view. Apartments are well planned, coherent and articulate, making clever use of space and external walls to give an aspect, a sense of design, and liveability that is not typical. Balconies are well arranged and detailed…[and] communal areas are well considered for their capacity to adapt to emerging and future living patters and lifestyle expectations,” the judges stated.

“[Verdant] sets a new standard in Perth and will contribute to improving design as well as community perception and attitude to high density apartment living.”

Stirling Capital Managing Director Luke Reinecke said Verdant winning the Harold Krantz for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing was welcome recognition of the project’s unique blend of form and function.

“We are delighted to have yet another Stirling Capital project recognised for architectural excellence – the design process and creating projects that are designed to sit comfortably in their surroundings is incredibly important for our team,” Mr Reinecke said.

“For us it’s about creating places where people will want to live. At Verdant, this meant creating a structure that reflects its urban setting and provides luxurious living spaces and amenities, while also referencing important environmental considerations. While we know that a beautiful living space with great finishes, facilities and views is important, we also appreciate that the Verdant resident cares about the long-term impact of their home ownership.

“The result is a building that is sophisticated in design, provides comfort and amenity for residents, and returns good to the environment. To have this outcome recognised amongst a competitive field here in WA is very rewarding.”

Verdant’s location adjacent to the Perth CBD and the Northbridge cultural precinct presented both challenges and opportunities from a design perspective.

To articulate the building’s form, Verdant’s design is broken into a series of elements: a podium, tower, book and wall. These elements draw on high contrasting colours, repetition and symmetry, and differing balustrade, window and screening systems, to relieve any perception of bulk that a building of its height may otherwise have created.

Verdant architects MJA Studio have partnered with Stirling on a number of high profile, awardwinning residential projects across Perth – a partnership that has resulted in two Harold Krantz awards and two Architecture Awards across four different projects to date.

MJA Studio Design Director Jimmy Thompson said the studio and Stirling had developed a symbiotic relationship in their years working together.

“The success of this relationship is due to genuine collaboration and a shared desire to create the best possible living environments for the future residents of our buildings,” Mr Thompson said.

“We applaud Stirling Capital’s support of contemporary architecture and willingness to integrate environmental initiatives in their buildings and look forward to working on many more projects with them in the future.”

The winners of the 2020 WA Architecture Awards now progress to the Australian Institute of Architects National Awards, to be judged alongside State winners from across Australia.

For more information about Verdant, visit the Verdant website.

Photography by Dion Robeson