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A WA-first apartment building that generates more energy than it consumes will be built in North Coogee.
Fremantle’s David Barr Architects won LandCorp’s Step Up Housing Design Competition from a field of more than 40 WA architects, designers, builders and developers.
Seventeen apartments designed by the firm will feature in North Coogee’s Shoreline estate, the first precinct of a major redevelopment of the Cockburn coast.
The design uses a prefabricated approach, meaning quick construction periods and cost savings, while allowing for higher-spec finishes and sustainability measures not achievable with standard construction methods.
LandCorp said the project would be the first apartment building in WA to achieve an “average 9-star NatHERS rating, and will produce more energy than it consumes each year”.
Firm director David Barr said his team of consultants, researchers and architects had targeted affordability, sustainability and liveability.
“Our team put a huge amount of work into the competition over the three stages, so we were ecstatic to win. Affordable housing is also a strong focus of our practice, so this project provides a great opportunity to realise our ideas in this area,” he said.
The redevelopment of the Cockburn coast will ultimately mean an additional 12,000 residents and 6000 homes along a 1.5km seaside corridor over the next 20 years.
Architect David Barr.