Perth Waterfront Masterplan design concept re-imagines popular recreation space
ARM was selected as the winning architect of a limited design competition by the Western Australian Government to masterplan an exciting new stage in the urban history of Perth - the Perth Waterfront. A new scheme was developed for the current state government and work is now scheduled to begin in 2012.
As Design Architect Andrew Lilleyman explains:"It has been an aspiration dating back to the 19th century that the central city of Perth be linked to the Swan River. The will and intent for an activated link diminished in subsequent developments throughout the 20th Century. In the 1960s and ’70s Perth’s road network received a major upgrade which, while further adapting the city to private transport, had the unfortunate corollary of detaching the city from the water.
"The Perth Waterfront Masterplan re-establishes the historic connection between the city and the river by extending the existing city grid towards the water and excavating an inlet that brings water back to the city’s doorstep. The promenade, which wraps around the inlet, is the primary public open space of the Waterfront.
"New buildings containing residential, retail, commercial and hotel functions frame the inlet, and at the centrepoint of the inlet an iconic island is activated by large public events. The major Indigenous Cultural Centre is sited at the point where the William Street axis meets the Swan River."