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OUTRAGEOUS UGLINESS PROPOSED FOR KINGS SQUARE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, western australia by freoview on September 27, 2016

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I went and had a look at the development plans for 18-22 Adelaide Street at the City this morning and I am outraged that architects could have so little respect for Fremantle’s heritage and character.

The five-storey short-term accommodation building is a disgrace because of its utter blandness and ugliness. The architects and developers no doubt believe they can get away with sticking three storey of ugly concrete boxes with balconies above the two lower levels because they are set back, but it is the most horrible architecture, if one can use that word for it, one could imagine for that location at historic Kings Square and next to a beautiful old building to the west of it.

For this disrespectful architecture we should open up the stocks at the Roundhouse again, so those who ‘designed’ the disgraceful proposal can get some appreciation of the beauty and heritage of Fremantle.

The proposed building is cheap, ugly, unacceptable and shows absolute disregard for what Fremantle is about!

Stop ugly development now, City of Fremantle, or you will have a riot on your hands!

Please do put your submissions against this unacceptable development in writing to the City of Fremantle by October 6. We can not tolerate this ugliness in the centre of our city. The plans are available for viewing at the reception desk at COF, so don’t take my word for it but get enraged yourselves when you see them.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Paula Amaral said, on September 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I had a look at the plans this morning, and you are absolutely right Roel. The proposed building is like a second Johnson’s Court smack bang in the middle of the city centre, except that we are not in the 70’s anymore.
    It manages to treat the modest little old building in front as if it was a piece of !*&#, by plonking a real piece of !#%& on it.
    Very sad.

  2. Peter said, on September 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    That development proposal sounds very troubling!

  3. freoview said, on September 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Looking forward to hearing your opinion, and if you come to Freo let’s catch up for a coffee!!

    Roel

  4. Jean-mic Perrine said, on September 27, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Agreed Roel. In this age of alleged openness and inclusive democracy, it’s a bloody joke that Councils who all insist on electronic format plans, would deny public viewing of same via the Web. The only conclusion to draw is that they would actually have to do their work if people could comment properly and in full consideration of these matters.

    Knowing you and your holistic appreciation of Architecture, I’m swayed in any case but: In 30 years of knowing you I have never heard you so vehemently oppose a design; SO I will go and see this myself and let u know!

  5. freoview said, on September 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Unfortunately not, Jean-mic and I was not allowed to take a photo of the plans either, so can’t show them.

    Very outdated that one has to go to Council to view development plans in the year 2017. It appears the administration is heritage as well. ;>)

    Roel

  6. Jean-mic Perrine said, on September 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Are the plans available online Roel?


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