Reflecting the changing face of the inner city fringe from manufacturing to mid-rise office space, the West Australian Local Government Association building provides a contemporary public open space for office workers and residents alike. The podium space presents to Railway Parade and is activated by a cafe and provides multiple sheltered seating options while the rear northern aspect supports a small multi-levelled public open space. A clear and direct public access path runs through the site.
As the Landscape Architects engaged on the project, Emerge Associates ensured a connection was made between two previously disconnected streets and the residential and commercial land-uses were united across the building’s podium and a small public open space.
With the building achieving a Six Star Green Rating, the associated landscape was required to meet stringent requirements in meeting eco-points. This led to significant recycling of materials already present in the old factory, reducing the non-permeable surface area of the site, maintaining the pre-existing level of exotic vegetation and providing additional new native plant species.
Responding to the client’s State-wide role the design intent for the site reflects WA’s bio-diversity with a linear progression of regional colour and plant species through the site from Railway Parade to Nicholson Road.