Western Australian Maritime Museum
The Western Australian Maritime Museum was the first stage of an urban renewal program for Fremantle’s Waterfront and an opportunity to create a vibrant tourist destination.
The museum celebrates Western Australia’s seafaring heritage while constantly updating with exhibits regarding Australia’s contemporary maritime trade and culture.
Positioned at the end of Swan River promontory, the building is conceived as both an extension of the promontory and a series of metaphors – providing clues to its role and function. It tells a story using industrial components and materials that reflect boat building methods, such as sheet metalling of submarines and ship hulls.
The roof form correlates with exhibition spaces, providing intrigue to static displays. These extend into more orderly arrangements of interactive spaces – the auditorium, sales and information areas. A later addition is a series of sculptural elements called Welcome Walls, which commemorates migrants who arrived at port by sea.