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FREO’S BEAUT MARKET STREET

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2019

 

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A photo of Fremantle’s Market Street I took at 6.45am this morning.

Come do your Christmas shopping in beautiful Freo!

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FREMANTLE MALLS MALLS

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 12, 2019

 

Fremantle Malls

 

There are definitely more than one Fremantle Malls. ; >)

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EAST FREO HERITAGE TEA TOWELS

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2019

 

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ON SALE NOW! High quality, ethically sourced cotton tea towels, printed in full colour with our local #eastfreo heritage building sketches.

Pre-order yours now ($12.50 each) via www.trybooking.com/556720

The tea towels will be available for pick-up on / after 1 December 2019.

We should create something similar for Fremantle!

HOW DO WE DEFINE VERY FREO?

 

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Quite a few people criticising the new Woolstores plans on social media say it is not very Fremantle, so when are we going to define what very Fremantle is, and who is going to make that judgment?

Is modern and daring architecture not very Freo? Is anything taller than five storeys not very Freo? Is mock heritage very Freo? What is very Freo when it comes to new and existing buildings?

We can all and always argue about taste because we all have a different opinion about what beauty is, but what makes a building very Freo?

A well-known Cottesloe architect said on Facebook some weeks ago that the architects who designed the Kings Square buildings did not get the Fremantle context, so what is the Fremantle context when we talk about architecture, and how can the state make planning rules, so that our Council and state agencies such as JDAP and SAT understand what very Freo development should be?

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FREO’S GORGEOUS HISTORIC WEST END

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2019

 

 

Henry Street

 

Henry Street in Fremantle’s historic West End has some beautiful buildings.

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FREO’S SILVERLEAF LINING

 

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The centre core of the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre is now clearly visible when one looks at it from the first floor of the Fremantle Mall in William Street. The core will allow daylight to flood down into the basement library and surroundings.

Over the road the redevelopment of the Manning’s Chambers by Silverleaf Investments is also progressing well and it looks great. I hear that it also looks stunning inside the building with all new handmade window frames for the offices there which are already leased to 80%.

Silverleaf Investments is one of the major players in Fremantle and often gets a lot of criticism, but I believe while the community and Council always will have to demand top quality development we also have to acknowledge how significant all the Silverleaf development is for our city.

Silverleaf is developing the Woolstores, Manning’s Chambers, the Police&Justice complex and will no doubt also make changes to the Newport hotel they own, so this family business is very important for Fremantle and should be respected for that.

The Yolk Property group is also playing a part in Fremantle’s renaissance with the Little Lane development next to Target, and if the SKS Group finally makes a move on the Hilton Double Tree hotel development the inner city of Fremantle will be substantially modernised to attracts more people to live, work and visit. Bring it on!

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LATEST GREAT PLANS FOR FREO WOOLSTORES

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 5, 2019

 

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The exciting latest proposal for the development of the Woolstores shopping centre site has been revealed and has a lot of potential.

Fremantle based Silverleaf Investments want to build a six storey mixed use complex that will have a 141-room hotel, the new Freo Police Station, a child care centre, offices, retail at ground level, and five levels of parking that will be accessed from Elder Place.

If the development application gets the support of Fremantle Council and the approval from JDAP and the development would start early next year, so that would be great.

While it is always difficult to imagine what a building will look like I do really like what I see in these renders. It would be a great addition to Fremantle.

It will also be very good to keep the Police Station in the centre of the city and it would help a lot to combat antisocial behaviour in that part of town.

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NOTRE DAME CREATES ART SPACE IN CHAPEL

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2019

 

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I bumped into Notre Dame University Pro Vice Chancellor Julian Smith yesterday morning who gave me the good news that the old Mariners Chapel on High Street, that was used as a computer room by NDA, will be converted into a small art gallery for architecture students to show their creations, but it will also be made available to local artists to exhibit once NDA has installed a professional art hanging system and lighting, so stay tuned!

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HOW TO GET MORE COMMUNITY VALUE OUT OF PERCENTAGE FOR THE ARTS

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, culture, development, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2019

 

An interesting article by Kim Macdonald on the Property Pages of the West Australian reports that some developers do not believe that public art is value for money and that the percentage for the arts scheme some councils, such as Fremantle, have is arbitrary and does not give enough consideration to location.

Good public art, that provokes debate and public engagement enhances our streets, but sometimes public art is only decorative and not of very high creative standards, but that of course is about personal taste as well.

Some of the huge mural paintings in Perth are outstanding, and I regret that the stunning artwork on the Fremantle Myer building as Kings Square could not be saved because I really liked it.

Developers do not like the percentage for the arts scheme because it adds cost to the building, but in Fremantle’s case the Manning building development by Silverleaf Investments for example has been allowed to use the percentage for the arts contribution to reinstate the old veranda along William Street.

Flexibility is what is needed, and I believe it is a sensible idea from Richard Pappas of Celcius Properties, who told the West that the public art money should be put into a pool, and not necessarily be part of a new development. Money could be spent instead on public spaces, amenities, playgrounds, extending the tree canopy, etc.

There is quite a bit of sameness in public art, especially 3D art where big steel beams appear to be the favourite for local and state development. The one thing the percentage for the arts need to do is enhance the quality and lifestyle of the community, so if that is a new park a few kilometres away from a new development that is an alternative councils should consider.

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PHOTOS OF A PROGRESSIVE CITY

 

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The latest photos of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project and new Civic Centre to keep everyone in the loop about the progress.

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