Build­ing up power Bryce Luff

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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.

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