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DEFENCE HOUSING COMPETITION

Type: Mixed-Use
Location: Queen Victoria St, Fremantle
Budget: Staged Development
Status: Competition

This masterplan was part of a series of investigations MJA undertook in 2014-2015.

This is not one homogenous building that has berthed, but instead the design expressed the need for a collective of sympathetic buildings that stitch themselves into Fremantle’s existing fabric. The collective design elements consisted of three main features within the overall built form:

 -The Brick Veil: seeks to act as a scale and layering device which strongly articulates a large mass which is broken down by these side by side buildings working in unison. The element acts as a significant thermal break for apartments which are exposed to harsh east and western solar access, and also provides a level of comfortable semi enclosure to maximise the useability of private external areas. The Brick veil grounds the project with a fine grained texture at pedestrian level and references the masonry and proportions of adjacent structures.

 - The Bridges: This element provides access from the northern block to the communal roof terrace on the fourth floor. Referencing port structures these bridges also provide a running track and create animation, surprise and delight to passers-by below. These bridges also afford significant views to the harbour and across Fremantle.

 - The Communal Atriums: These communal spaces are only accessible by residents but can be viewed by the public through four desire lines spurring curiosity. 

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