Johannes Lupolo-Chan

Johannes Lupolo-Chan

Raleigh, NC, US


Spring Semester 2011 - University of Western Australia (UWA)

Co-ordinator: Ben Braham
Type: Large Commercial & Residential Mixed-Use Project

The Emu Brewery Site in downtown Perth (Western Australia) is arguably the city's largest undeveloped site. It's prominent position has seen countless unrealised proposals. The studio's brief aimed to develop a unique and appropriate proposal for this site that would encompass 50,000sq m of prime commercial office space, integrated with approximately 240 residential apartments as well as a large underground basement parking and associate retail and public spaces for such a project.

My design revolves around the idea of a connection between the neighbouring Kings Park and the main boulevard through the city (St Georges Terrace) through a series of large plazas effectively 'carved' out of a large stone base inspired by Norman Foster's 'Living Wall' proposal in Amman, Jordan. This creates elevated and staged spaces for a mixture of retail and public spaces that form a large podium for the two large buildings that sit above offering breathtaking views of the Swan River. 

New York's Hearst Tower formed inspiration behind the diagrid structure used for the commercial building as a way to reduce the structural grid inside and increase floor space. 

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Status: School Project
Location: Perth City, Western Australia


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