By Willow Aliento
11 December 2013 — Kerry Hill Architects has been announced as the winner of the Kings Square Architectural Competition, with a design for a combined community, civic and retail hub in the centre of Fremantle, Western Australia.
The $45 million project forms a key element of the $220 million Kings Square project, which is a joint venture between the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital Management to redevelop the central precinct of Fremantle in a way that delivers sustainability and improves economic and social opportunities.
The design, selected from 53 entries, balances open space and built form and prioritises sustainability. Features include a “water mirror”, grassed areas, cafes and a redesigned Council Chamber, library and visitors centre. The design will be on display alongside the two other shortlisted concepts at the former Myer building in Kings Square until 24 December 2013.
Kerry Hill has a substantial folio of previous major civic projects, including the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, a design which evolved through his winning entry for the CentreStage Competition held by Western Australia’s Department of Culture and the Arts in 2005.