Perth’s identity is largely interpreted by its immediate relationship with local surf beaches and the Swan River. The city centre, however, has remained challenged by the CBD’s narrow and linear east–west grid alignment and its physical separation from the water.
This project successfully reconnects the CBD with the Swan River through a new north–south grid extension and the introduction of Elizabeth Quay. Reinstating the proximity of the original waterline has provided the city with a new waterfront gateway that includes promenades and experiential urban design. Overcoming significant design and engineering challenges, this project successfully delivers a key move in the greater development of the city. The jury commends the ambition and quality of this significant project.
For more coverage, read Nigel Westbrook’s review on ArchitectureAU.com
Location: Perth (WA)
Client and planner: Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority | Engineer: Wood and Grieve Engineers | Forward works contractor: Georgiou Group | Head contractor: CPB Contractors (formerly Leighton Broad) | Architect: ARM Architecture | Landscape architect: Taylor Cullity Lethlean | Environmental: RPS Group | Heritage: Mulloway Studio, Hocking Heritage Studio