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LIV OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, living, property, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2018

 

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If you like a sneak preview of the Defence Housing LIV Apartments at Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry Streets you can do that this Saturday from 1.30-4pm.

The stunning artwork by Rick Vermey alone is worth the trip, and it will be interesting also to see what the rest of the piazza that connects the two streets looks like.

And if you are looking to move into an apartment that is walking distance from the Fremantle train station with bus stop right in front of the building, go and have a look.

Roel Loopers

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FREO LIV APARTMENTS NEARING COMPLETION

 

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All the scaffolding around the LIV apartment building in Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets have now come down, so I had another good look at the massive development.

I still do not like the monotonous long facade along Queen Victoria Street and also don’t like the design along Quarry Street very much.

Strangely, for this self-proclaimed architecture expert, the very modern south side of Queen Victoria Street, which overlooks Fremantle Park, works the best. The big and  high windows create a lightness that I would have liked to see duplicated at Quarry Street.

The Rick Vermey public artwork in the piazza is a stunning feature that will attract many art lovers.

The Defence Housing LIV is due to open this month, so check the media, or better even Freo’s View, for when it will be open to the public to have a look at.

Roel Loopers

 

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STUNNING FREO LIV APARTMENTS ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, development, lifestyle, living, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2018

 

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The Defence Housing LIV residential apartment complex at Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets is due to open in August and is well under way.

The one feature of the development I am really looking forward to is the public art in the entrance to the piazza by artist Rick Vermey. As you see in the photo I took this morning it is not finished yet, but getting there.

The percentage for the arts commission is made of natural wood fibres and will have lights triggered by wind for after dark effect. I can’t wait to see it!

 

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE LIV DESIGN WITHOUT LOV

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2018

 

 

If the LIV apartment buildings at Queen Victoria and Quarry Street, due to open in August, are the heritage of the future for Fremantle than God save the Queen.

To paraphrase Wilson Churchill; we will fight bad architecture at Council house, on the streets and on the beaches, and we will fight inappropriate development in the local and state government offices and on election days.

The mediocre boredom and bland sameness of LIV is an insult to Fremantle’s unique heritage character. It’s LIV without LOV.

Fremantle deserves much much better!

Roel Loopers

GREAT ART FOR FREMANTLE LIV DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, culture, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2018

 

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Perth artist Rick Vermey, who is a really nice bloke, has been announced as the the artist to design a new public artwork for the Fremantle  LIV Apartments  on Queen Victoria Street

Rick was commissioned to design the permanent installation in LIV’s entrance as part of the City of Fremantle Percent for Art Scheme.

The tunnel-like structure will be visible from the Queen Victoria and Quarry Street entrances and will be illuminated from within, creating a vibrant space for Liv’s residents and the wider Fremantle community to enjoy.

As part of the creative process Rick Vermey partnered with emerging computational design specialist and architect Daniel Giuffre to come up with the winning design.

The after-dark presence created by the wind-animated dynamic lighting will provide a focal point for night-time visitors to the precinct.

There will be 166 apartments at LIV and approximately 1,300m2 of commercial space, as well as landscaped courtyards with edible gardens for the residents, plus cafes and restaurants .

The new permanent public artwork is due to be installed by August 2018, which is also the due date for the completion of the development.

I think the artwork will look great, but I do have a problem with art incorporated in new development.  The percentage for the arts scheme in Fremantle will give us a lot of new public art in Fremantle because of all the new development, but when the buildings are demolished in 50-100 years the art also disappears and that is a real shame for future generations.

Roel Loopers

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LIV APARTMENTS REVEALED

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, living, property, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

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Scaffolding is coming down on the LIV apartment building in Queen Victoria and Quarry streets, allowing glimpses of what is to come.

Some of the windows in Quarry Street appear to be very large, so let’s wait and see till August when the building is supposed to open.

Roel Loopers

FREO DEVELOPMENT NOTHING LIKE EAST BERLIN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on January 8, 2018

 

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Fremantle Society president John Dowson has the uncanny ability to discredit himself by making ridiculous statements, as the rant below, which he sent to FS members about the LIV apartment development at Queen Victoria Street shows.

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The raft of damaging oversized buildings is underway in Fremantle with the arrival of the East Berlin Communist inspired “Liv” apartment block in Queen Victoria Street opposite the “Giant of Fremantle”, the former Fort Knox wool store, the largest wool store left in Fremantle.

To allow the “Giant of Fremantle” to be overshadowed by an apartment block next to it is appalling planning and decision making, a failure of councillors to grasp very basic fundamentals of urban planning. 

The development suits the ideology of Fremantle Council, because the extensive number of low cost dwellings will largely be Labor voters.


 

The deciding authority for the $ 61 million development was the WA Joint Development Assessment Panel, if my memory serves me correct, and not Fremantle Council, because all development over $ 10 million automatically is moved on to JDAP.

Dowson must not have visited the former East Berlin and East Germany often when he claims the building is of the former communist country standards.  The LIV is built to One Planet green sustainability standards, and while I am not impressed either with the architecture it looks a whole lot better than the ugly dark concrete boxes they used to put up in East Berlin.

The six-storey LIV is a little higher than, but does not overshadow the very imposing HEIRLOOM woolstores over the road, but the length of the building is the issue and the facade should have been broken up a few times instead of just the one walk-through piazza to Quarry Street.

Only a wealthy person would claim that the building is for low cost occupation by Labor voters, when a small one-bedroom sells for over $ 400,000, a two-bedroom starts at $ 545,000 and a three bedroom for over one million dollars.  The building is developed by Defence Housing Australia and defence personnel will be occupying the apartments, as well as private owners.

The juxtaposition of old Heirloom and modern LIV on either side of Queen Victoria Street will make for an interesting entry statement to Fremantle when LIV is completed in August this year. It will show visitors that Fremantle is on the way to long-overdue modernisation of the run down east of the CBD.

But in general I would like to see much better, more innovative and creative architecture in Fremantle than what we are getting. The issues are not with Fremantle Council but with soft State planning laws that do not give deciding authorities the option of rejecting building approval on aesthetic grounds. I wished that would be changed to guarantee great modern design instead of mediocrity.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

NEW LIV AND FREO DIES A LITTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2017

 

 

The Fremantle LIV apartments built by Defence Housing along Queen Victoria and Quarry streets have reached the highest point of the building.

The development should be completed in just over 12 months and will provide a lot of new residential apartments in the inner city.

It is an utter shame that the architecture could and should have been so much better, and that the massive building could have been a inspiring entry statement to our port city.

Boring buildings are not very Freo at all!

It is time the City of Fremantle organised a forum with architects, city planners, the community, etc. to see how we can put better planning rules in place that will ensure better architecture in our city.

 

Roel Loopers

LIV DEVELOPMENT REACHES FOR THE SKY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development by freoview on February 4, 2017

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A big crane is going up this Saturday at the six-storey LIV Defence Housing apartment project at Queen Victoria Street.

This is a significant milestone for Fremantle and one we should not underestimate.

There are people, like I, who are not impressed with a lot of the new architecture developers propose for Fremantle, and there are those, including myself, who believe a lot of the design of new buildings here is uninspiring, uninspired and mediocre.

But not withstanding that the historic and economic significance of all the new development in Fremantle should give us all hope for a more exciting and vibrant future for our city.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’S EXCITING FUTURE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government by freoview on December 12, 2016

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The residential development of the LIV apartments at Queen Victoria Street, opposite the just completed Heirloom by Match development, has started and what a delight it is to see the well-overdue modernisation of Fremantle’s East End.

Down the road at Princess May park the Hilton Doubletree hotel development should also start early next year and there are quite a few approved development projects that will commence in the area in the near future.

Together with the Kings Square development this gives me great hope for a brilliant Fremantle future and the revival of the retail, hospitality and tourism industry in our city.

I agree with the critics that a lot of the new development is boring and mediocre and that is a rotten shame, because Fremantle deserves to get creative and outstanding architecture that would become the heritage of the future, but sadly excellence in design is lacking often.

On another note, whenever I post something positive about Fremantle I get accused of having gone soft on Council so let me just make a few points. I am not a one-eyed Liberal, Labor, Greens, Socialist, Communist, Capitalist, Dockers, Eagles supporter and I do not have a political agenda. I consider myself to be a moderate with an open mind.

I don’t believe in God(s), chakras and healers but I do have great respect for the universe and nature and find my solace and inspiration there.

I also don’t have issues with vegetarians and vegans, as long as they don’t tell me what to eat, and I (barely) tolerate soy latte, non caffeine and skim milk coffee drinkers. ; >)

My aim is to try to be fair and balanced on this blog, but I have no doubt that I have failed a few times at that, because like Fremantle, the world, all humans and politicians I am not perfect.

I truly believe that renaissance is happening in Fremantle and that most of it is positive and good for our city. Many more people living and working in and visiting Freo will create an exciting vibrancy that has been lacking, and I am looking forward to it.

Roel Loopers

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