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Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2017



The lunatic development proposal for five storey buildings at 2 Henry and 7 Pakenham Street in Fremantle’s heritage West End Precinct will be deliberated at the W.A. Joint Development Assessment Panel(JDAP) this Wednesday August 9 at 10am at the Townhall. (Enter from the backstairs near the former Myer building).

Anton Capital and Hassel Architects show very little consideration for the unique heritage aspects and streetscapes of the historic West End, and hence the State Heritage Office recommended the refusal of the development, as did Fremantle Council unanimously.

The last thing we want to see in the West End is oversized boring concrete boxes, but that is all the architects could come up with. That is very disrespectful, arrogant and inconsiderate.

The City of Fremantle  and W.A. State agencies need to take a strong stand agains totally inappropriate development proposals for Freo’s gorgeous West End.

These applications are a total waste of time for the City’s planning department and for JDAP, Heritage Office, Planning Commission, etc. as they are un-approvable!


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  1. bigjulie said, on August 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Carl is correct about the math proportions of ye olde buildings. I have 3 windows that came out of the Boans building. The center panel is 5 units, the side panels are the square root of 5. The math means it looks just right.

  2. Carl Payne said, on August 8, 2017 at 11:08 am


  3. freoview said, on August 8, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I did not misunderstand what you meant Carl, and hope no one else did.


  4. Carl Payne said, on August 8, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Lest my “old-rules” comments should be misunderstood………..I’m not advocating we copy the old classical facades; I’m simply stating the truth of the derivation of their forms and proportions. We can do brilliant modern buildings using new materials and now forms. And this approach can be successful in the West End. But respecting the scale and texture of the old stuff is a good start.

  5. freoview said, on August 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Hear, hear, Carl. That is exactly what it is about and it is disappointing that developers, architects, Freo’s own Design Advisory Committee, the State’s JDAP, etc. don’t get it.


  6. bigjulie said, on August 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I always like to keep my shoe boxes but for architecture, in a hopeful tourist arcane area, one would expect either innovation or visual harmony with the existing sandstone Victorian Palladian style. Dismissing horrid boring as “subjective” removes the high onus from an architect to be different, innovative and amazing.

  7. Carl Payne said, on August 7, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    The West End aesthetic is strongly influenced by the Golden Mean. That is, the ratio for length to width of rectangles of 1.618 (approx – look it up.) It’s an interesting study to apply it to building facades, as was done some years ago in Fremantle. Unfortunately, the gent’s name escapes my memory, but he produced some beautiful studies showing how the classically-inspired facades were derived.

    It wasn’t a subjective thing at the time Rob, back in the 19th C when the designs were produced, it was following a long-established tradition of proportion. What was considered for centuries as “the most pleasing to the eye”.

    The Greeks called it the golden ratio. In mathematics, this value is called “phi”, named for the Greek sculptor Phidias. (Now about to retire as a Brownlow winning player from the Eagles. But I digress, ever so slightly.)

    Some modern additions to existing Classical facades would do well to obey the old rules. We might suddenly find them a bit more pleasing, the height argument not-withstanding…….

  8. Rob Fittock said, on August 7, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    architecture is so subjective regardless of who makes the final decision

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