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Western Australian Maritime Museum

Fremantle

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.

Awards

George Temple Poole Award, RAIA WA 2003
Public Institutional Award, RAIA WA 2003
Excellence in Construction Award, Masters Builders Association 2003
Fremantle Heritage Award, 2003
Australian Construction Achievement Award, 2003
High Commendation, Public and Commercial Buildings, Australian Timber Design Awards 2002
High Commendation, Best Use of Timber Engineering, Australian Timber Design Awards 2002

Technical Information

City
Fremantle
Year
2002
Status
Completed, 1998-2002
Key Consultants
Arup, Aurecon (Connell Wagner), Norman Disney & Young, Bassett Consulting, GHD, Currie and Brown Hollis & Walker, Stephen Grubits & Associates, Webb Australia, RobertsDay, Cunningham Martyn Design, Gabriels Environmental Design, Dr Barrie Machin (Tamora), Western Red
Builder
Brookfield Multiplex
Cost
$35,000,000
Gross Floor Area
6,500m2