Kent Lyon Architect Pty Ltd
Kent Lyon Architect is an architectural practice based in the South West of Western Australia with a reputation for professional performance and design excellence. The Practice was founded in Bunbury, Western Australia in 1996. Our completed work demonstrates the diversity and innovation achieved by creating architectural solutions required for individual Clients. Kent Lyon Architect is an intimate local firm compromising of 6 members of staff, with the founding director, Kent Lyon, supported by an Architect, 2 Draftspersons and 2 Administrative Support Staff.
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Tree Street Residence
5 Reading Street, Bunbury, WA, 2009
Back in 2002 the property was a vacant block, purchased with the intention of building a new family home. What transpired over the next 10 years was the creation of a master plan, the implementation of Stage 1 involving the relocation of a 1920’s dwelling and the eventual completion of a design and then building of Stage 2. The house is designed to help enclose a protected north facing courtyard that encompasses a grassed yard and elevated garden beds. Through the integration of hard and soft landscaping the house utlises it’s position both on the block and within the surrounding precinct to it’s full potential. All areas have been arranged to suit living in the climatic conditions with indoor living areas directly accessible to the outdoor living areas. More private areas for sleeping & study are located upstairs perched in the tree canopies to maximise the ability to open windows during the evening and allow the upstairs to naturally ventilate with louvres for ease of cleaning and without compromising security. The design utilises the new upper portion of the house to create modern cantilevered verandahs to assist with passive solar principles and introduce an element common to the surrounding precinct.
Bunbury Primary School Renewal
The announcement of the BER Capital Funding coincided with the appointment of State Funding within Bunbury Primary School. Through the BER Capital Funding the school was to receive a new Covered Assembly Building with new Music and Arts & Science Room along with a Three Classroom Pre-Primary Building. State Funding was granted to alter and improve the existing Administration Block, increase the size of each classroom to the current standards and construct a new Library Building central to the overall network of the school. Through consultation with the School, the Department of Education and BMW a brief was established of the requirements and standards for which were to be achieved through the use of the various funding. The Brief ultimately indicated the ultimate master planning of the School with consideration of the existing network of buildings and their functions. The overall goal was to unify the existing buildings together with the new through the arrangement of larger and more intimate courtyards and pathways increasing accessibility and functionality. The materials were chosen not only to integrate with the language of the existing buildings but to further enhance and update the overall aesthetics of the School. The embodied energy and waste minimization of all materials were carefully considered to contribute to the sustainable aspect of the design.
Tuart Forrest Primary School
The vision for East Dalyellup Primary School was that of an Educational Facility that embraced The Department of Education Standard Pattern Primary School brief and templates while improved on the overall aesthetics of the school creating an imaginative, creative and exciting environment for students. The overall construction system to be implemented within the buildings was similar to that of the double brick, steel framed construction of the Standard Template Building Design. With brick being the main treatment to the fa’ade, KLA researched and investigated the use of other fa’ade materials for which could be used within the design. The newly released Austral Bursleque range of coloured bricks brought the possibility of injecting bright, solid colours into the design of the school to create that vision of interest and creativity. Creating a contrast on the fa’ade and implementing a material which allows an array of colour would further improve the external qualities of the Standard Template Building Design. The possibility of implementing James Hardie’s Exotec panels into the design was another proposal used. The design of coloured glass and/or coloured polycarbonate into windows, roof sheeting and possibly wall sheeting helped further break the neutral tones of most brick selections and inject colour into the new primary school.