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Kings Square Competition

Our proposal is a layering of historic and modern architectural heritage and a landscape ambition.

Kings Square is a reinstated focal point for the community. It continues a tradition of ‘gathering places’ within the Town Square. The concept also extends into interpretation of culture and environment, in the forms of integrated interpretive signage, public artforms, ground and landscaping treatments and wayfinding, designed to suit and form with the new built environment.

We have explored possible higher-level links with adjacent redevelopments, such as the former MYER site and possibilities with a roofscape to recreate the original landscape as a roof terrace. This would become a public space with hospitality and garden facilities.

On the Ground Plane, the path created by the east west axis of the city is joined by a meeting place and multi functional performance space. The axis of early pathways that trace these routes we call ‘songlines’. The significance of this is lyrical and occurs in the centre of the city. It is alluded to with the trace of a ribbon-like façade treatment: A contemporary screen (with functional and public art applications) which is extracted from the large new mass of built form, leaving a public gathering space. This recess is formed ‘off the track’ (axis) and resonates with Church and State at the heart of the city.

We recognise that further in-depth indigenous consultation and research would need to be completed to justify and form the influence.

Extending on the already extensive work Fremantle Council have completed in this area and in relation to interpretation of the area and Aboriginal heritage, we see that this could have a major influencing factor in our concept ideas”.

 

Project Facts

Project Name:

Kings Square Competition

Status:

Concept

Program:

Commercial

Location:

Fremantle, WA

Year:

2013

Scale:

3,820m²

Role:

Architect 

Images:

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