Grounds Kent Architects

January 26, 2016 pj

Grounds Kent Architects

Grounds Kent Architects

from Perth, Western Australia in Australia

  • 5 Mews Road, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
  • gka@gkaperth.com
  • Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
  • +618 9335 7622
  • +618 9430 6998

Profile

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1993

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Description, Philosophy, History

Description:
Martin Grounds and Jack Kent first met at the University of Western Australia in 1967. After graduating, they collaborated on several projects before Grounds Kent Architects was created. Directors Jack and Martin share a vision to create a small, hands-on, design oriented practice that allows them to be dedicated, responsive and connected to their clients throughout the design process. With over 80 years combined directorial experience, Grounds Kent Architects (GKA) has established a world-wide reputation for excellence in the planning and design of large scale hotels, resorts, wineries, spas, golf club houses, cultural centres and mixed-use developments. GKA has received many awards and accolades over the years, including two time winners of the coveted Conde Naste Traveler award for “The Best Hotel in the World”. As a result GKA are widely recognised for their highly individual approach to design, and expertise in creating timeless landmark architecture.
Philosophy:
“Our architecture attempts to provide romance, something that uplifts and enriches thespirit. We are more inclined towards romanticism than pragmatism, but it is critical to usthat our buildings work.”
Years of extensive travel and overseeing projects in locations such as Australia, Indonesia,Barbados, India, Maldives, Fiji, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, China and Morocco,have given Jack and Martin a valuable perspective on different cultures.
“Ultimately GKA believe that wherever possible architecture should involve and reflectlocal conditions, materials and traditions... Each project should reflect the sense of placeunique to its location.”
History:
The architectural practice of Grounds Kent Architects (GKA) was formed by Jack Kent and Martin Grounds in 1993 after successfully completing the Four Seasons Resort Bali, a project which was ultimately awarded the Australian Institute of Architects 1996 George Temple Poole Award “In Recognition of an Outstanding Achievement of Architectural Design”.
In 2007, Jeff Treverton, Scott Bradley, Ben Dundas and Nick Juniper were made partners in Grounds Kent Architects.

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Awards

2011 Conde Nast Traveller Readers Travel Awards, WINNER – 'Best Hotel in the World'Four Seasons Resort Maldives, at Kuda Huraa
2009 CNBC - Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009, Received for Balé Port Douglas, Queensland2009 WINNER – The Architecture Award - Australia, Received for Balé Port Douglas, Queensland
2009 Urban Design Institute of Australia (UDIA) Awards 2009 - QLD2009 WINNER – Consultants Excellence Award, Balé Port Douglas, Queensland
2008 WINNER - Commercial Projects Over $1 million, DP Central + Spa, VictoriaHousing Industry Association (HIA) Awards 2008 - VIC
2008 COMMENDATION - Commercial Regional Award, Royal Australian Institute of Architects – QLD Chapter, Bale Port Douglas, Queensland2008 COMMENDATION - Interior Regional Award, Royal Australian Institute of Architects – QLD Chapter, Bale Port Douglas, Queensland
2007 COMMENDATION - Architectural Steel Design Award, Bale Port Douglas, Queensland, Australian Steel Institute - WA
2005 WINNER - Commercial Award, Bunker Bay Quay West Resort, Naturaliste, Western Australia, Royal Australian Institute of Architects - WA Chapter
2005 WINNER - Steel Award - Quay West Resort Bunker Bay, Naturaliste, Western Australia,Royal Australian Institute of Architects - WA Chapter
2005 FINALIST - Architectural Steel Design, Quay West Resort Bunker Bay, Naturaliste, Western Australia, Australian Steel Institute - WA Awards
2005 Quay West Resort Bunker Bay, Naturalist, Western Australia, Master Builders Association - Excellence in Construction Awards - WINNER - Best Regional Development
2005 WINNER - A Building Designed For Use In The Entertainment, Hospitality Or Sports Area. Master Builders Association - Excellence in Construction Awards, Bunker Bay Quay West Resort, Western Australia.
2005 ASEAN Energy Efficient Buildings Award, WINNER - First Prize, Popa Mountain Resort, Myanmar
2005 Western Australian Timber Industry Awards, WINNER – Excellence in Engineering & Architectural Design of a Timber Framed Structure - Dinner Plain Display House, Mount Hotham, Victoria
2003 - COMMENDATION – Duplex / Triplex Award, Motteram Luxury Townhouses, Cottesloe, Western Australia - Royal Australian Institute of Architects - WA Chapter
2003 Luxury Residence in Cottesloe, Western Australia, - Royal Australian Institute of Architects - WA Chapter2003 - COMMENDATION - Single Residential Award, Luxury Residence in Cottesloe, Western Australia, - Royal Australian Institute of Architects - WA Chapter
2003 - HIA ANZ Perth & Western Australian Housing Awards2003 - WINNER - Small Lot Housing - Project of the Year, Motteram Luxury Townhouses, Cottesloe, Western Australia2003 - WINNER - Innovation in Housing - Project of the Year, Motteram Luxury Townhouses, Cottesloe, Western Australia2003 - WINNER - Perth & Western Australia - Home of the Year, Motteram Luxury Townhouses, Cottesloe, Western Australia
1996 - Royal Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter1996 - George Temple Poole Award - In Recognition of an Outstanding Achievement of Architectural Design, Four Seasons Resort of Bali, Indonesia
1996 - Royal Australian Institute of Architects - WA Chapter1996 - WINNER - Award of Merit - International Award, Four Seasons Resort of Bali1996 - Royal Australian Institute of Architects - WA Chapter1996 - WINNER - Award of Merit in Recognition of High Overall Architectural Standard.
1994 - WA Industry & Export Awards, FINALIST – Design Award