Contest can aid business

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 February, 1998, 12:00am

RMJM director Graham Jex says the awards allow local architects to demonstrate their design ability and help attract future clients.

Mr Jex said publicity that highlighted architectural achievement was always welcome.

However, because of a lack of information, public opinion could be often critical as to why a particular design solution evolved, or because of a particular prejudice for or against certain styles of architecture, location or even colour.

He said public acclaim and informed comment were received gladly but the main purpose in a design was to respond to the client's brief and produce a building which fulfilled its purpose and met all pre-determined requirements.

'Acceptance and public praise are a bonus if the former aim is achieved,' Mr Jex said.

Architects at RMJM designed three prominent buildings at the Western Harbour Crossing and these featured among the company's four entries at this year's awards.

Its other entries were a new building at Black Point Power Station, the Carmen's Gardens residential project and the Bann Taling Ngam Koh Samui hotel resort in Thailand.

He said the client and users of the Carmen's Garden project appreciated the space standards, operation, appearance and corporate image.

RMJM always tried to incorporate environmentally friendly and energy-efficient solutions.