For 10 days in 1962, Perry Lakes was home to the Commonwealth Games. Fifty years later saw its renewal, with RobertsDay acknowledging the site’s history as integral to its sense of place. The challenge was to identify and express this rich sporting legacy in a way that was both respectful and appealing to future generations.
Memories made real
With a history as hallowed as Perry Lakes, redevelopment presented a unique opportunity to retell its story through the project design. Our design focused on celebrating the site’s heritage by replicating the athletics track in the street layout, elevating the housing to give the effect of stadium seating and building in views of the retained scoreboard.
A range of interpretive public art was also created and installed, including life-sized sculptures of athletes and designs in various locations that celebrate exceptional sporting achievements at the Games.
To honour the Post-War International style showcased in the original Stadium and buildings, RobertsDay, with architectural firm CODA, developed detailed built form guidelines. These provided a contemporary interpretation of the modernist cubic and horizontal form of the original buildings, continuing the site’s 50 year tradition of innovation.
As part of the landscaping for the Games, Australian native trees were planted around the perimeter of the site. Fast-forward 50 years and these magnificent trees remain, providing a majestic backdrop to the new development. They provide a living link to the site’s history and to the garden suburb heritage of the Floreat locality.
A winning combination
By demonstrating a respectful response to Perry Lake’s rich history, the project won over local residents, who, prior to our involvement, had been strongly opposed to earlier concepts for the site.
Iconic heritage elements preserved, reinterpreted and celebrated.
An extensive consultation program and transparent design process helped gain the support of the local community
A diversity of styles, including apartments, terrace housing, laneway studios and compact single homes were successfully integrated with surrounding low density community.
Construction and demolition materials were recycled or reused and significant reductions in water and energy use awere achieved. Careful management of estate stormwater helped restore the Perry Lakes wetlands.
Retention of the majority of mature trees surrounding the site with 16.5% of open space.
Client: Landcorp Services: Town planning and urban design Site area: 15.5 ha Number of dwellings: Up to 600 dwellings Status: Under Construction
Awards: UDIA Sustainable Urban Development award at the UDIA Awards for Excellence
Urban Design and Planning: RobertsDay Project Management: NS Projects Traffic / Engineering: Sinclair Knight Mertz Environmental / Sustainability: GHD Landscape: Blackwell and Associates Community Consultation: Estill & Associates Heritage Assessment: Phillip Griffiths Architects Architecture: CODA Studio