A design for a restaurant in a heritage building in Fremantle / Walyalup.
The existing building presented interesting remnants of a long history of varied tenancies and uses. Layers of different paint and wallpaper were revealed in the process of preparing the space for construction and it became a driving design agenda to retain these layers of history and express them as the finished wall surfaces, which also seemed a reasonable response to strict heritage controls.
The reuse of salvaged Jarrah timber provides a familiarity with the historic palette of the local area, while the colours of both applied paint finishes and natural stone are referential to the ongoing culture of the port city and it’s infrastructure that surrounds the site. New steel windows were designed for the street front which allow greatly increased social and climatic permeability between the street and the venue’s interior. The design of these windows reference the pervasive local influence of the late Architect Brian Klopper, with the intention of honouring his contribution to the area and it’s recent culture.
Completed September 2023
Photography by Cabin Creative