Influencing Better Building Design in Fremantle: A Beach Street Case Study
February 4, 2016 12 Comments
There is often debate about the look and quality of new developments in Fremantle and the ability of the Fremantle Council and our Design Advisory Committee to influence and improve building design outcomes.
I thought the recent development application for 1 Beach Street shows an example of how this influence can work well.
On 17 September 2015, the City received an application for the development of 69 Multiple Dwellings and a ground floor commercial tenancy.
It would be fair to say that the original design (just below) was not broadly loved and it was refused at the City of Fremantle Planning Committee and then deferred at the JDAP meeting on 18 December 2015.
As a result the applicant met with the City’s Design Advisory Committee a number of times in late December and January resulting in a set of revised plans that included significant amendments to the façade, including:
- Introduction of terracotta cladding;
- Redesign of “skin” of building to ensure greater pronouncement and framing of openings;
- Removal of heavy horizontal elements;
- Contrasting materials for upper, setback floors and ground floor plane;
- Removal of decorative timber features;
- Introduction of timber framing on windows;
- Alteration to awning design (thinner, consistent with adjoining Hotel);
It also saw an increase in size of commercial tenancy and an increase of setback between towers.
My view is the new design is a significant improvement on the former design. I think it reflects the form of the giant wool stores in that part of Freo in a contemporary way. I want to thank both the applicants and the City’s Design Advisory Committee and staff for working together to get this improved outcome.