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2 - 4 (Lots 2 and 3) William Street, Perth – Proposed Mixed-Use
Development Comprising 52 and 25 Storey Buildings Containing 484 Multiple Dwellings, 190 Hotel Rooms/Serviced Apartments, Office, Dining and Retail Uses and a Total of 547 Car Parking Bays​

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The proposal is focused around a covered plaza, with a shared five storey podium and basement levels. The shared basement levels will continue under William Lane which separates the two sites. The developer will seek the appropriate title arrangement via the subdivision/amalgamation process to allow this to occur.

A summary of the main features of the proposed development are as follows:

Residential Component:
The residential component of 484 apartments is located within both buildings and provides for the following dwelling mix:

Southern Building (Lot 2)
- 157 x two-bedroom dwellings
- 82 x three-bedroom dwellings
- 36 x four-bedroom dwellings

Northern Building (Lot 3)
- 144 x one-bedroom dwellings
- 27 x one-bedroom ‘affordable’ dwellings
- 32 x two-bedroom dwellings
- 6 x two-bedroom ‘affordable’ dwellings

Communal facilities for the residential dwellings are provided within each building, along with separate entry lobbies, lift and vertical transportation facilities, and mail rooms, distinct from the other building components. The southern building maintains its resident entry off the covered plaza whilst the northern building maintains its resident entry off William Street.

Hotel/Serviced Apartment and Office Component:
190 hotel/serviced apartment rooms are proposed within the northern building (Lot 3) with a grand entry lobby provided off the central covered plaza. Wellness centre facilities including a pool, gym and spa treatment rooms occupy the fifth and sixth floors of the building. Below this are four floors of office accommodation, also comprising the hotel staff/servicing facilities on the fourth floor, along with a meeting/event space, and upper level retail/food and beverage tenancies facing Elizabeth Quay to the east.

Ground Floor and Public Realm Interface:
The ground floor of the proposed development incorporates retail, food and beverage tenancies, and resident/hotel guest entry lobbies for the majority of the built edge. Internal ‘activation’ is proposed via the proposed covered central plaza and associated laneway components. These aspects are proposed to ‘break-up’ the development site, and achieve a high degree of pedestrian permeability that would not otherwise be provided by a typical development within Elizabeth Quay. In addition to the internal activation and pedestrian activation, awning cover is provided for the full perimeter of the subject development, with a minimum width of three metres for the northern building along its eastern side. Extensive glazing is also proposed to add to the sense of
openness, permeability and activation of the adjacent public realm.

Car Parking:
The development proposes a total of 469 residential car parking
bays and 78 commercial tenant car parking bays which will be located within a total of four basement levels. Vehicular access to the site is proposed via a two-way crossover at the northern end of the site onto William Street. A secondary porte-cochere style access is also proposed at the southern end of the site onto William Street, providing drop-off/pick-up services for the hotel,
serviced apartment and residential components.

Viewing Deck/Art Gallery:
A significant component of the development is the creation of an art gallery and viewing deck located at the top of the southern tower (52nd storey). The facility is intended to be accessible to both residents and the public and provide a unique tourist destination and focal point for the development and the Perth CBD.

With respect to the physical design of the proposal, the applicant advises that the design “embraces the MRA’s aspirations for a world-class destination and iconic landmark for the Perth region, which will re-establish the important relationship between the City and the Swan River. The proposed development will present an architecturally designed landmark of the highest quality, incorporating a striking, contemporary façade design that will contribute positively to the streetscape, skyline and amenity of the locality”.

The applicant further advises that “the distinctive, contemporary form of the development will provide a unique and innovative landmark for the western frame of the Elizabeth Quay inlet, contributing to a unique sense of place for the Elizabeth Quay project area that has its foundations in contemporary and creative architectural expression. The design complements the existing development within the Perth City Centre, whilst providing a unique and
memorable landmark for this prominent development site. The development has been designed to provide a contemporary design aesthetic through the
use of a glass curtain wall and by incorporating significant use of glazing and riveted panelling within the building façades. The two taller buildings in the composition are conceived as light, transparent volumes that hover above the public realm. The lower volume connects these taller buildings and is conceived as a multilayered metallic volume. The taller volumes are wrapped in a high quality, transparent and silvery glass, with sections of the façade to be faceted in order to create ambiguous reflections and avoid the flat, mirrored façade common to glazed curtain walls. There is a subtle register of floor banding
and vertical sun screening, which scales the building and provides a finer grain of façade detail. Operable panels for winter gardens maintain the vertical expression but create a subtle animation and variety to the façade. The lower level podium is characterised by a metal clad volume that houses the public
functions. This is conceived as a robust material cladding that develops patina and weathers with age. Corten, copper or zinc are some examples of the materials that will be explored for this volume. The material will be evident as both a mesh and a planar surface”.


ARCHITECT: Kerry Hill and Associates
DEVELOPER: AAIG
BUILDER: D&C Built
COST: $300m
DA: https://www.perth.wa.gov.au/170530-planning-agenda










































 

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Total shame.... Just more blocky bullshit for Perf. And please no one say the WA default soother that "its really the materials that will make or break this one"...
 

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They haven't learned from the BHP tower. Another ugly fat box that doesn't fit in with the Perth skyline.

Would prefer a skyscraper similar to in Hong Kong with some nice shape, (and possibly followed by a similar skyscraper across the river in South Perth in the distant future when the NIMBY's die out).

 

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5C-19C and rain/hail/storms/heating compared to 19C-39C and calm days & nights with air con feels a little bit wintery.
Forecast is for between 21-24 with most sunny skies all not week. Possible showers.
Not saying that it's all sunshine and lollypops but, in the grand scheme of what a winter can be, we get off extremely lightly.
 

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Do you want me to get technical on you?
Nope. I want you to take a chill pill and realise when someone is making a comment in jest.
Of course Perth has winter. Just not one that warrants too much worry around the shadows caused by buildings.
I work on the terrace which spends most of the day in shadow and the thing that makes it so cold is the wind. Not the lack of direct sunlight.
 

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I think the tower's sleek, vertical form is part of it's beauty.

The facade treatments to catch the light also seems like a winner.

The taller tower standing on it's own is great, doesn't need to compete with anything to stand out. Like the Washington monument. The whole thing is well considered and will contribute a great deal to the precinct with the laneway, square and public viewing deck.
 

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So any truth the rumor that Victor (one of the owners) had a falling out with Kerry Hill (the architect and design competition winner?)
 
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