HASSELL | Brookfield Place - Award for Excellence in Design
The success of Brookfield Place is based on an inter-disciplinary design collaboration which brought together architects, heritage architects, workplace designers and landscape architects. They worked together with the client to create a precinct that builds on the growing evolution of high performance, architecture and landscape architecture.
The tower meets the ground in a manner that respects the existing city form, creating a rich new layer of urban spaces that acknowledge Perth’s heritage as well as responding to the needs of a contemporary dynamic city.
The permeable ground plane creates a legible, active setting for the commercial tower lobby. The scale of the new lobby and building mass has been deliberately matched to the vertical height of the heritage buildings that flank the site, ensuring the dignity of the buildings is respected. The precinct has been overlaid by a ‘street and lane’ pattern derived from the surrounding city form. Discrete entry plazas are surrounded by mature trees, integrated landscape and passive seating spaces.
The public realm is a major contributing factor in the success and value of the precinct’s commercial, retail and food and beverage tenancies. Existing basement zones of the heritage buildings have been exposed by scraping away the ground immediately to the south and creating a protected lower courtyard experience. Restaurants and bars now occupy these spaces creating not only daytime but night time activation. The lower level is spanned by lightweight bridges forming a range of protected, intimate ‘discovered’ alfresco spaces suited to casual outdoor dining.
The spatial planning of the public realm combines clear open sightlines with intimate ‘discovered’ spaces which are enhanced by discrete specialist lighting. High quality, robust materials characterise the open and adaptable spaces allowing a range of different uses into the future without significant changes to the original built fabric.
The underlying principle of this project was to create a vibrant and connected public realm that knitted the existing heritage fabric to the contemporary commercial architecture. The site, and entire city block, had been dormant and unused for nearly 30 years.
The public realm was carefully designed to ensure the historic buildings could be comfortably sited within the contemporary built fabric of commercial architecture. The original heritage buildings which formed an integral role in the development of Perth as a city in the early years of its planning, are now re-invigorated and once again engage with the citizens of Perth.
Existing connections within the precinct between St George’s Terrace and Mounts Bay Road have been enhanced and maintained. New connections between adjoining commercial podia have been forged, creating an integrated precinct that links spaces in a legible manner.
The juxtaposition in scale and fabric of the old and new enhances the character and presence of the historic architecture. The contemporary materiality and design of the new built fabric; its bridges, stairs and courtyards, connect all the heritage buildings together at their various levels while also linking them to the podium and overall precinct.
The continued involvement of HASSELL with Brookfield in the precinct ensures the development of strategies that allow the site to continue to offer a high quality urban environment to its tenants and visitors alike, now and into the future.
Blackwell & Associates | Geraldton Esplanade - Award for Design
The expansion of Geraldton Port facilities required the construction of a breakwater structure to build a rail turnaround. As part of the ongoing foreshore redevelopment, the City of Greater Geraldton commissioned Blackwell & Associates to provide a concept Master Plan for the extension of the foreshore recreational precinct into this new breakwater.
With the breakwater structure located not only on the coast of an extremely windy city, but also being exposed on three sides to prevailing winds, amelioration of the dominant winds and provision of sheltered areas was critical. Also high on the list of priorities was acknowledging the isolated nature of the site and the need to ensure that CPTED issues were considered from the outset.
Our plan takes advantage of the nearby port facilities by providing viewing opportunities at regular intervals and offers a large, iconic shade structure with associated viewing platform at the northern point to allow views towards the nearby sea lion colony.
A variety of access ways are provided throughout the Master Plan to accommodate emergency vehicular traffic and for occasional use by small bus/coaches should it be required. The potential café/kiosk area was located at the halfway point to provide shelter, ease of service provision and encourage people to venture further north to the lookout once at this location.
A visually striking element at the northern extremity was conceived to offer a functional yet sculptural landmark that would be visible from both land and sea. The orange colour was used to attract attention, to reflect upon the safety markings typically located within port facilities and it helps bookend the Esplanade Precinct by echoing the bright orange of the recently installed Zephyr II sculpture at the far eastern end of the Esplanade.
The shelter and lookout structures form and detailing conjures up a wide range of nautical themes and the semi-circular shape and choice of roofing materials ensures that shaded seating areas are always available throughout the day.
Aware that fabrication would occur 400 km's south of the site, the structural engineers considered in detail the limitations imposed by road transport and the need for site bolted connections to avoid site welding. For instance, the shelter roofs were fabricated in three parts and bolted together onsite.
The structural engineers and contractors role's were complicated due to the complex interactions between the many different elements that form the shelter.
- The structure is broadly circular in plan with the poles exhibiting a 5° outwards lean from the centre;
- Finished floor levels varied up to 300mm across the plaza area;
- The diameter of the large tubular poles varies from 324mm up to 610mm while the height increases from 5m up to over 12m high, and 16m at the lookout;
- Each roof is not only at a different height to its neighbour but also at a different angle to the horizontal (increases from 1° to 5°);
- Roofing materials alternate between timber slats and FRP grating.
Despite these complex relationships, the contractor erected the entire shade structure over the course of three days with not one slotted hole or misaligned plate, a testament to the high standard of documentation, fabrication and installation consultants and contractors.
AECOM | Yokine Regional Open Space – Inclusive Playground - Award for Design
The City of Stirling's (CoS) brief in 2008 requested: redevelopment of the Regional Playground at Yokine Regional Open Space, including general location and types of play and facilities and supporting infrastructure. The goal of the playground's design was: "to improve opportunities for all to participate in play in the public realm in a manner that is inclusive, and results in positive outcomes in terms of enjoyment and continued development of users". A practical and sustainable approach to inclusive play provision was stipulated.
The Brief specifically requested community consultation with peak authorities and organisations representing users of various abilities prior to development of design proposals.
While not specifically part of the Request for Quotation, the following was added to the initial playground master plan brief once the project had commenced:
Retention of mature trees.
The design should respect the remnant forest setting through use of natural materials and colours where possible.
Staging of the playground construction.
Addition of family toilets and car parking upgrades.
Design development was carried out for all stages. The initial budget for the Playground was set at approximately $1.5 M, however as the project evolved the Council identified the benefit to the community in increasing the estimated budget to approximately $3.2M at the completion of the Design Development Phase, broken into four stages:
Main inclusive play and picnic areas
Car park upgrade
Older children challenge area
Kiosk shelter and family facilities (toilets and change rooms)
Construction has been completed for Stages 1 and 2. Construction cost summary to date:
Play spaces and related areas: $2,600,000
Car park upgrade and extension: $515,000
Services supply upgrade to cover current and future power demands: $203,000
Installation of bore to provide irrigation water: $60,000
The project is promoted as a showcase by the City and is now being used by other local authorities and consultants in achieving a benchmark in inclusive and nature based play provision. The project won the only Highly Commended Award in the 2012 National Kidsafe Playspace Design Awards in the category of Public Playspaces More than $1M, only beaten by a playground four times its size with a significantly larger budget.