Nowadays, it is not surprising to see architecture firms brand themselves as multi-disciplinary design practices. These architectural practices work across disciplines and scales intending to provide various design solutions under one roof. One such example is Fratelle Group, a full-service multi-disciplinary design firm based in Perth, WA led by Adrian Fratelle and his wife Kylee Schoonens. The firm aims to work closely with the clients, and through their multi-faceted approach, they strive to create functional, innovative, and sustainable designs.

Fratelle Group has worked on projects ranging from multi-residential, commercial, educational, retail, hospitality, industrial, aged care, and retirement to heritage conservation projects.

Listed below are 15 of their projects of varied type and scale:

1. Guildford Hotel Redevelopment  

The revival of this 135 years old building after it was destroyed by fire in 2008 is of great historic significance for the city of Perth. It was redeveloped and repurposed as a new hospitality venue with bars, restaurants, beer gardens, and function facilities. The aim was to retain the original structure and character of the building as much as possible.

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Redevelopment of the Guildford Hotel ©Airey Taylor Consulting
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Redevelopment of the Guildford Hotel ©Fratelle Group
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Redevelopment of the Guildford Hotel ©Fratelle Group

2. Waterfront Heritage Restaurant and Bar

The project involved converting a heritage warehouse into a waterfront hospitality venue. It functioned as a bar, bistro, and alfresco with the flexibility to use the space for events and functions. To preserve the character of the space, the objective was to retain all the key features of the building including the roof, structure, envelope, windows, doors, and cladding.

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Interior of the Waterfront Heritage Restaurant and Bar ©Fratelle Group
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Interior of the Waterfront Heritage Restaurant and Bar ©Fratelle Group

3. Kings Park Link Bridge 

Fratelle Group jointly worked with BEaM and AECOM for the design of the bridge that acts as a pedestrian link between the Perth Children’s Hospital and King’s Park. The aesthetics behind the fluid geometry and the rainbow colors of the bridge, signify unity and hope for the children, according to their vision. It now acts as a recreational space for children, hospital staff, patients, and visitors.

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Views of the Kings Park Link Bridge ©Fratelle Group
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Views of the Kings Park Link Bridge ©Fratelle Group
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Views of the Kings Park Link Bridge ©Fratelle Group

4. Midland Auctioneer’s Heritage Office

Another of the firm’s restoration projects was converting a heritage warehouse into an office space for Smith Broughton Auctioneers. Due to the derelict condition of the building, some parts had to be repaired and replaced, for it to be safe and functional. A significant amount of work had to be done to the main roof structure as it had sagged over the years. A lot of artifacts owned by the clients like auctioneer’s gavels, petrol browser, etc., are displayed in the restored building.

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Restoration of Midland Auctioneer’s Heritage Office ©Fratelle Group
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Restoration of Midland Auctioneer’s Heritage Office ©Fratelle Group
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Restoration of Midland Auctioneer’s Heritage Office ©Fratelle Group

5. Rossiter Pavilion

Rossiter Pavilion won the National Building Design Award for ‘Best Public Building Design’ in 2018. They were approached by the City of Armadale to develop a pavilion for the area of Piara Oval South that provides the community with facilities like playing fields, playgrounds, and other sports facilities.

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The Rossiter Pavilion ©Fratelle Group
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The Rossiter Pavilion ©Fratelle Group
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The Rossiter Pavilion ©Fratelle Group

6. Money Street Apartments

A mixed-use 6-story residential apartment with an approach of sustainability and modular offsite construction; the building incorporates a rooftop terrace with edible gardens and BBQ facilities. It also has an electric vehicle sharing system for the residents and locals to help them reduce their carbon footprints.

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Exterior views of the Money Street Apartments ©Fratelle Group
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Exterior views of the Money Street Apartments ©Fratelle Group
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Exterior views of the Money Street Apartments ©Griffin Group

7. Forrestfield Forum Shopping Centre Upgrade

The project was to upgrade the shopping center and create a community space to link the two buildings. This underutilized area was completely transformed into a green and playful space with amenities like a playground, street furniture, and bike racks hence encouraging people to spend more time there.

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The up-gradation of the Forrestfield Forum Shopping Centre ©Fratelle Group
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The up-gradation of the Forrestfield Forum Shopping Centre ©Fratelle Group
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The up-gradation of the Forrestfield Forum Shopping Centre ©Fratelle Group

8. Duty-Free Perth International Airport

Unlike their other projects, this was for the fit-out of the Duty-Free retail area of Perth International Airport. It was challenging to complete the project in a short timeframe, along with the requirement of incorporating the standard guidelines of the displayed brands and coordinating with overseas clients and vendors.

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The Duty-Free at Perth International Airport ©Fratelle Group
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The Duty-Free at Perth International Airport ©Fratelle Group
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The Duty-Free at Perth International Airport ©Fratelle Group

9. Brickworks Design Studio

The brief was to create a unique and tailored retail showroom for Austral Bricks in a heritage-listed building. It is interesting to see how drawers and tables have been thoughtfully made to display the products and create an interactive experience for the customers. The custom-made brick jaali wall with integrated audio-visual components, act as a dramatic feature wall for the interior space.

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Retail showroom for Austral Bricks ©Fratelle Group
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Retail showroom for Austral Bricks ©Fratelle Group
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Retail showroom for Austral Bricks ©Fratelle Group

10. King Street Jewellers

The project was to convert an existing heritage-listed building into a high-end jewelry store. It was challenging to work with the client’s specific security requirements and the council’s restrictions on the number of alterations that were permitted.

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The fit-out for King Street Jewellers ©Fratelle Group
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The fit-out for King Street Jewellers ©Fratelle Group
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The fit-out for King Street Jewellers ©Fratelle Group

11. Temporary Community

It is a group camping and retreat center project that aims to provide a recreational space for people from all groups, ages, and levels of accessibility. The purpose was to create an inclusive and friendly environment for the community by providing various facilities like an amphitheater, swimming lake, training rooms, gymnasium, conference rooms, multipurpose auditorium, accommodation facilities, and outdoor sports activities.

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Rendered views of the Temporary Community project ©Fratelle Group
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Rendered views of the Temporary Community project ©Fratelle Group
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Rendered views of the Temporary Community project ©Fratelle Group

12. Ecohabit Modular House

Ecohabit, a division of Fratelle Group, was established to make affordable, sustainable, and energy-efficient homes in Western Australia. One such example is the Ecohabit Modular House, which is a two-story house that was prefabricated and assembled in 6 months.

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A modular and prefabricated house ©Ecohabit  
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A modular and prefabricated house ©Ecohabit  
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A modular and prefabricated house ©Ecohabit  

13. Karragullen Residence

The house is essentially divided into two pods, which are linked by an entry walkway. The design and orientation of the building make good use of the southern view, winter sun, and summer cross ventilation. Along with the rammed earth walls, it also incorporates a rainwater system, Biolytix wastewater treatment system, and heat pump system to make it a self-sufficient home.

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The Karragullen Residence ©Ecohabit  
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The Karragullen Residence ©Ecohabit  
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The Karragullen Residence ©Ecohabit  

14. Dinninup ‘Hexagon’ House

The initial brief was to design a hexagonal shaped house for a retired couple that is comfortable and brightly lit. To incorporate a central courtyard that connects with the interior space, a semi-closed hexagon house was proposed. The unique and angular roof form is well insulated and helps in harvesting water.

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The hexagonal shaped house ©Ecohabit  
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The hexagonal shaped house ©Ecohabit  
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The hexagonal shaped house ©Ecohabit  

15. Fremantle Residence

The project was to make an extension to an already existing 1800’s heritage worker’s cottage. The extension consisted of an open kitchen, dining, and living area on the ground floor with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the first floor. The existing limestone structure sits beautifully with the new addition that was constructed entirely from renewable timber.

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The extension of the heritage worker’s cottage ©Ecohabit  
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The extension of the heritage worker’s cottage ©Ecohabit  
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The extension of the heritage worker’s cottage ©Ecohabit  
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Khushboo Patel is an Architect by profession who is now trying to unlearn and reflect on everything she learned in college. She is an avid reader, writer, and traveler who believes that ideas and words can change the world. She says that every place and person has a story that is worth telling and it needs to be told.

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