Marine Terrace is one of six strata titled terrace houses located in the former Water Police Station and Quarters on the corner of Cliff St and Marine Terrace, overlooking Esplanade Park. The site falls within the Fremantle West End State 1A Heritage list.
Of the strata development, this is the last house to be extended back towards the north. Each house fills the available land with balconies and car parking at grade, facing north. The vision for the remaining house was to not only extend the building on every floor, but to provide new landscape amenity at each level - a garden terrace at ground, screen planting to balconies and an external stair connected in the master bedroom to a roof deck. The design expanded the clients brief, providing new vantage points overlooking Esplanade Park and Bathers Beach.
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The facade design for Marine Terrace draws from its location. It is difficult to look past Fremantle’s long history of bold masonry architecture successfully combined with enclosed, often secluded, landscape courtyard spaces.
Rather than doing an extension for internal living space, the building design is balanced between new internal area and external space. Its driven by a desire to retain light, air and garden amenity to the ground floor, whilst creating a courtyard view from the levels above and a much-needed micro-climate for the development as whole.
The project proposes a ‘soft’ garden courtyard that integrates the brise soleil facade, balcony spaces, boundary walls, parking allocation with greenery. Like taking the facade of a larger building, it is used to line or warp the courtyard, enveloping the space, and creating secret balconies, a staircase, service and storage areas within its folds.
The new screen provides an opportunity to reference local heritage masonry in a contemporary way, whilst providing privacy walls to the terrace developments either side and filtering the northern light to allow a sense of openess, privacy and create more amenity to this small block.