West Kimberley Regional Prison by TAG Architects and Iredale Pedersen Hook
Steel Architecture: National Commendation
Australian Institute of Architects
West Kimberley Regional Prison exploits its steel structure and coloured steel cladding in ways that are perfect for the Kimberley climate. The prison, within its secure perimeter, provides detached buildings that accommodate the needs of Indigenous prisoners.
The project makes excellent use of coloured steel sheeting. The colours used are perfectly in harmony with native bush colours, allowing the buildings to fit very comfortably with the landscaping. Lightweight cladding is an excellent choice for the hot, wet/dry climate. It avoids a build-up of heat in thermal mass, allowing the buildings to quickly cool down at night. The high strength of steel structures is perfect for large overhangs and big spans such as the sports hall.
The architectural language aims for shelter without claustrophobia, using open corners and tilted planes. These openings are easily created with steel framing and cladding.
Read the project review by Elizabeth Grant and Peter Hobbs for Architecture Australia.