- Article by Online Editor
A design competition to revitalise the civic centre of Fremantle has been launched and is calling for architectural proposals that will deliver a civic, retail, commercial and community hub for the Western Australian city.
The Kings Square design competition is geared towards a revitalisation and redevelopment of Fremantle’s core facilities. The facilities comprise of a public library, civic chamber, administrative and surplus office space, council services, urban room, visitor centre, cafe and specialty retail, together with the entire public realm of High Street within Kings Square.
The site itself interrupts the dense urban pattern of central Fremantle as a green space providing generous gathering areas. Two important historic landmarks – St Johns Anglican Church and the Fremantle Town Hall, both dating from the 1880s – are located at the square, with all four sides of the square offering a continuous frontage for retail uses.
The competition is open to international architects, however all design teams must include at least one registered Australian architect.
It is a two-stage competition – Stage 1 requires a demonstration of a clear understanding of the brief with submissions that are high level and indicative rather than detailed with a briefing and site inspection, competition registration and a proposal submission.
Shortlisted entrants, who will proceed to Stage 2 of the competition, will then be announced on 25 October 2013. Stage 2 requires a a more detailed and in-depth response and encompasses a series of workshops and presentations. The eventual winner will be announced in mid-December 2013.
The jury will consist of Jury Chair Shelley Penn, Immediate Past National President of the AIA; Dominic Snellgrove, partner CCN Architects, member of City of Fremantle Design Advisory Committee; Melinda Payne, associate to the West Australian Government Architect, member of City of Fremantle Design Advisory Committee; Cr Andrew Sullivan, City of Fremantle Planning Committee Chair, architect representing the Mayor of the City of Fremantle; Alan Kelsall, City of Fremantle Heritage Coordinator, representing the City of Fremantle CEO.
Registration opened on 20 August 2013. Participants need to register to get approved for submission.
Stage 1 submission is due by 25 September 2013.
For more information, visit http://kingssquare.fremantle.wa.gov.au/