Liv Apartments

Once a neglected car yard – now a modern, mixed-use development with great sustainability credentials. Liv Apartments represent a new kind of neighbourhood.

Together with the client, local council and community we created a vibrant, active place to attract people and commercial activity to the area, renewing the east end of the historic port city of Fremantle just south of Perth, Australia.

We also worked closely with the consultancy team to focus the project design around One Planet Living sustainability standards, incorporating edible gardens, rooftop solar photovoltaic panels and an organic waste dehydration facility. 

The three distinct buildings feature frontages that reflect the character of the street they face – either industrial or arts-focused.

A landscaped central spine running the length of the development invites the community in – and opens up 690sqm of bonus’ recreational space for everyone to enjoy.

  • Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS)
  • One Planet Living Community Registered

Client

Defence Housing Australia

Location

Fremantle, Australia

Status

Completed

Year

2018

Scale

13,700sqm

Collaborators

Wood & Grieve Engineers, Cundall Australia

Design team

Mike Rendell, Peter Lee, Mark Jeavons, Ricky Frazer, Joe Ferrante, Sean de Boer, Toby de Boer, April Davison, Sophie Bond, Simon Rich, Aysen Jenkins, Jill Turpin, Nick Pearson

Imagery

Douglas Mark Black

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10K recycled bricks from demolition used in landscape
>25% energy efficiency increase over minimum compliance (target)
7.5 stars average NatHERS rating
  • 2019 AIA (Western Australia) Architecture Award for Sustainable Architecture 
  • 2019 AIA (Western Australia) Commendation for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
  • 2018 Award for Excellence – High Density, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Western Australia)
  • Recognition of National Leadership – Australia, One Planet Living Community

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