A mixed-use development in a new marina village at Port Coogee. Comprising an anchor tenant of a major supermarket, the development is flanked by retail and food and beverage tenacnies at ground level, with commercial tenancies at first level and an icon corner pub. Two residential towers with 98 apartments rise above the development, addressing the marina and ocean beyond.
Local climatic conditions provide quite distinct seasons, the most challenging aspects of which are winds and the west-facing orientation of the site. As such, the built form strategy revolves around the aggregation of balcony lines to create an over arching form of building. The strong emphasis on horizontal lines and deep recessed facades means a gathering of the juxtoposition of the transparent and solid elements held within the deep recesses, giving a sense of dynamism and movement when viewed from below or at a distance.
The development incorporates carefully designed edges offering activation of all street frontages. Deep recesses, strong colonnades and wide verandahs are all typical of built form as it exists in the warm Mediterranean climate. The grand verandah as it faces west enables there to be a viable occupancy, with wide circulation options such that people can move in open space, covered or deeply recessed space; offering shelter from the afternoon sun and sea breezes, but also creating a vestibule at the ground plane for public activity and exchange.
The building deals with this in a contemporary manner of aggregated beams and glazing and over a two-story scale. The verandah then meanders in its horizontal plane, creating a sense of movement and dynamism, creating a series of rooms and spaces.
Location: Perth, AU