Freo's View


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, perth, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2018


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I lasted just over an hour in Perth this morning as I find the CBD there rather boring.

I was surprised how quiet it was and how many vagrants were lurking around, and there were ample retail vacancies and for lease signs all over the place. Buskers played amplified music way too loud and so did some of the cafes.

Most of the new buildings under construction are average or worse, and the inappropriateness in context to heritage buildings is staggering.

The saving grace was the gorgeous tranquil architecture of the Cadogan Singing School at St George’s cathedral, and the stunning new Perth Library where window cleaners were doing a high trapeze act.

So happy to be back in Fremantle. It’s far from perfect, but so much more beautiful than the Perth CBD.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on May 23, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Perth Library was designed by the same Freo architects- Kerry Hill, who also designed the new Fremantle Civic Centre.



  2. Sam said, on May 23, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Perth library is a stunning design, probably my favourite Kerry Hill. My little ones love going to the children’s floor and reading books on the beanbags around the ‘tree of knowledge’.


  3. glencowans said, on May 22, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Stunning shots Roel, love the modern arch with the brick heritage backdrop


  4. Rob Fittock said, on May 22, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    next time you go into Perth I might be able to show you some of the quirky bars/cafes in the alleyways and rightofways and the outstanding heritage buildings preserved and used for the next 100+ years….it ain’t all that bad mate


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