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Perth Concert Hall granted architectural endurance prize

Perth Concert Hall - one of the city's best-known buildings - has been granted the prestigious endurance prize at the National Architecture Awards 2016. 

The Australian Institute of Architects honoured the site in its annual accolades, Domain reports, giving credit to Howlett and Bailey Architects for innovation and a design that has stood the test of time. 

Surviving for more than 40 years, the site is certainly worthy of the accolade, still standing while other buildings of its era faced demolition. 

Indeed, the institute warned that the future of similar buildings could still be in some doubt without a higher level of public support. 

In its citation granting the prize, the jury wrote: "Brutalist buildings like the Perth Concert Hall, if situated in lucrative residential locations and subject to government short-sightedness, can be easy targets for demolition. 

"With recent government-owned buildings such as the Sirius apartment complex in Sydney and even heritage-listed buildings such as the Dallas Brooks Hall in Melbourne now earmarked for demolition, it is imperative that buildings of this nature are accepted by the general population," the jury continued, emphasising the fact that sites such as these are very important in Australia's architectural history. 

Several other Western Australian buildings won accolades at the National Architecture Awards 2016, including the Alex Hotel, State Buildings, the City of Perth Library and public plaza and Knutsford housing development in Fremantle. 

The Alex Hotel received a national commendation in the commercial architecture category, while the State Buildings won the Lachlan Macquarie award in the heritage category and City of Perth library and public plaza won a national commendation for public architecture. 

The Knutsford development in Fremantle is currently for sale and was awarded the Frederick Romberg award for multiple housing in residential architecture. 

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