Freo's View

THE KINGS SQUARE BACK SIDE

 

Kings Square

 

Every time I drive along South Terrace I notice the southern aspect of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project and since I had a meeting at Fremantle Council yesterday afternoon I decided to finally take a photo of it.

 

Roel Loopers

FREO CBD DEVELOPMENTS PROGRESS

 

 

I had a look at the progress of two major Fremantle inner city developments at Kings Square and the Manning building and it was reassuring to see that things are going well and fast.

Contractors for Silverleaf Investment are working hard on creating the new tavern and micro brewery at the back of the Manning building, so that will be an exciting new addition to the Freo hospitality industry.

Here a few photos to see where they are at.

Roel Loopers

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WHAT IS GOOD TASTE IN BUILDING DESIGN?

 

I think all of us who often complain about the mediocre new architecture we are getting in Fremantle should be delighted that the new DESIGN WA guidelines will apply from today on, but I am quite skeptical about the impact it will have, because good design is like good taste. It is very personal and hard to quantify.

Often when I have slammed the design of buildings others have commented they liked what I believed was atrocious architecture, so why would expert panels be any different in their different taste and preferences? Who dictates what good taste and good design is?

The new DESIGN WA guidelines are all about aesthetics and a review panel of 50 people will decide which planning proposal is in good taste and which one is not. The design review panel comprises of people from architecture, urban design, planning, and landscape architects plus more from heritage, public health, sustainability and engineering. It will be near impossible to reach consensus in such a big group I fear, so Chair Geoff Warn, who is the WA Government Architect, will have a big job ahead of him.

DESIGN WA has got rid of the controversial R-Code system applied up to now, so I wonder if Fremantle and other local councils will also do that. I’ll ask the Fremantle Planning Department if changes will be made in that regard.

I believe that our cities and communities deserve much better design than what we largely have been getting lately, especially for substantial apartment and office buildings. Retaining the tree canopy or providing significant numbers of trees and plants and creating much better streetscapes and public realm will be a very positive step forward. Let’s hope it can all be realised.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE HERITAGE CAR PARK

Posted in accommodation, architecture, cars, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 20, 2019

 

car park

 

Fremantle has so many hidden treasures and I ‘discovered’ this car park of the former warehouse at Little High Street this morning.

The entrance is at Phillimore Street and the excellent adaptive re-use of the former warehouse into residential apartments was done by Freo architect Ralph Hoare.

The unit on the corner of High Street, opposite Chalkys cafe, is for sale for just over $ 2 million as I understand it.

Roel Loopers

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LOVING THE FREO VIEW CORRIDORS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 16, 2019

 

port views

 

I love the view corridors to Fremantlte Port through the streets where parts of the port are framed by the beautiful heritage buildings, such as here in Pakenham Street.

If more people made themselves tourists in our own twon there would be a higher appreciation for how special Freo is and that we should feel blessed to love here. I certainly do!

By the way, the building site front left is of the new Fremantle Republic tavern, gin distillery and micro brewery, so more excitement coming to the West End of town soon. Taking the facade back to its original tuckpointing has improved it a lot already.

Roel Loopers

 

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STUNNING HIGH STREET PYAP FACADES

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 15, 2019

 

 

It was too beautiful to stay inside yesterday and the light on the gorgeous High Street heritage buildings was so crisp that I took photos of the Post Yellow Art Period-PYAP of the facades. Don’t they look sublime!

I love Freo!

Roel Loopers

REFLECTIONS OF FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, BOOKS, city of fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 14, 2019

 

car reflection

book reflection

 

On a stunning wonderful autumn day like today I had to go for a walk in the sun of course. It’s is so lovely that I felt embraced in a warm hug by Fremantle.

I took a few photos, so more to come, but these two reflections stood out. One on the side of a shiny car and the other the reflection of the New Edition bookshop in the window of the Second Hand bookshop opposite it.

Roel Loopers

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NOMINATIONS FOR HERITAGE COUNCIL

 

Heritage Minister David Templeman today announced nominations are being sought from experienced and qualified individuals to become members of the Heritage Council of Western Australia.

As the State Government’s expert body on heritage matters, the Heritage Council plays a key role in decisions on entries into the State Register of Heritage Places and the development of these places. It also determines State Heritage strategy and policies.

High calibre women and men from a diversity of fields and backgrounds with relevant skills and experience are strongly encouraged to express their interest in this rewarding opportunity.

The Heritage Act 2018 sets out criteria that must be met in terms of skills and expertise, moving away from the previous Act’s requirement that council members represent certain interests or groups.

The McGowan Government is committed to gender parity across government boards and committees.

More details on membership requirements and the process for nominating can be found on the Heritage Council’s website at http://www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au

Application packages are also available through the Heritage Council’s website or by contacting the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on (08) 6551 8002.

Applications close on May 3, 2019.

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FREMANTLE DOUBLE HERITAGE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, Uncategorized by freoview on March 20, 2019

Freo heritage

 

I noticed this gorgeous vintage car in Fremantle’s Henry Street at lunch time on Wednesday and had to take a photo of it of course.

 

Roel Loopers

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MORE YOLK DEVELOPMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, property, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2019

 

dev 1

dev 2

 

Very good to see that the large block on the corner of Sussex Street and South Terrace, that has been vacant for far too many years, will soon be developed.

The Yolk Property Group has bough the site, so I think we can expect a residential development there and that would be very good.

Stay tuned for the development proposal.

Roel Loopers

 

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