Elizabeth Quay is an entertainment and leisure precinct set around a 2.7 hectare inlet, developed to act as connection between Perth’s riverfront and the city which was previously cut off by new development.
Western Australia’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) has revealed an application for a new development to be constructed at lots 5 and 6 in Elizabeth Quay, which are bound by The Esplanade, Enchantress Way, Duchess Way and Geoffrey Bolton Avenue.
The project, designed by REX with development responsibility going to Brookfield Property Partners, will be known as ‘Perth+’ and consists of a 54 storey tower, a 19 storey tower and a public plaza area.
The 54 storey tower comprises café/restaurant and retail uses to ground floor with office, hotel and residential apartments to upper levels. The 19 storey tower will incorporate a café/restaurant and retail uses to ground floor with office above. The public plaza area will be to the south of the towers fronting The Landing and the Elizabeth Quay inlet.
According to the development application, the MPA’s vision for the Elizabeth Quay Project is to transform the relationship between the city and the river and enhance the identity of central Perth.
“Elizabeth Quay will be a highly interactive civic space, accessible to the whole region and within walking distance of all major facilities within central Perth.
“The development will establish a new commercial, residential, and hotel address in the Perth CBD and a clear identity for the Quay.”
Perth+ is intended to become a new hub of the area, anchoring the axis linking Elizabeth Quay, the CBD, the Cultural Centre, and Northbridge. Acting as a land-mark between water and city, the development would be a signature that celebrates Perth’s future as a world-class destination and global city.
The two towers of Perth+ will engage their urban surroundings as a modern and confident centre point, offering a mix of uses including retail, offices, hotel, and residences.
Halfway up the proposed development's tallest building is a uniquely-designed addition which is responsible for the 'plus' in the name. Perceptible from the ground and at a distance, its cantilevers present a positively disruptive dynamism in the Perth business district. Together, the Perth+ towers embrace the Quay with new, communal open spaces in the form of a large, civic plaza that extends The Landing and a shared landscaped pedestrian way, both lined with retail, restaurants, and café terraces.
Besides scenic and uninterrupted views of the city and the Swan River from sheltered balconies Perth+ offers its residents restaurants, bars, a gym, private dining rooms for large gatherings, and an entertainment room, so residents would theoretically never have to leave the building because everything they would need would only be at the push of a high-speed lift’s button.
Hotel guests are not left lacking the same comforts as permanent residents, with the same grand panorama and views onto the plus’ landscaped rooftop, as well as first class amenities.
Office workers are similarly gifted with views onto Elizabeth Quay’s activities, and have quick and dedicated access to their floors or the amenities in the plus. All are directly serviced by ferry, bus, and train.
According to the developers, Perth+ is designed to adjust its land use beyond its architectural and urban value to the city with market fluctuations, both during design and over the building’s life.
"The office floorplates are ideally dimensioned, column free, and easily divisible, the hotel follows guidelines of a high-end brand, the residences are coordinated to maximise sales via flexibility of unit size, and the amenities, in the Plus, combine into a hive of activities and benefits used by the public.
"Retail and food and beverage on the two lowest floors of both buildings energise the street edges and—in combination with civic-scaled sun shading and wind protection in the public space—spill activity out toward the Quay.
"In land use, form, and aesthetic, PERTH+ is an opportunity—and an invitation to visit, to linger, to shop, to work, and to live—in an environment worthy of its magnificent setting."
"The Perth+ facade will be made up of a unitised aluminum curtain wall that will take advantage of structural silicone to achieve flush glazing on the exterior, expressed behind an overlay of structural vertical mullions. The structural vertical mullions have been relocated outboard of the facade to create a smaller frame on the building’s interior (increasing usable area and improving aesthetics), to perform as a fin assisting in shading, and to enhance the building’s external beauty.
The glass is a typical insulated glass unit with an ultra-neutral, high performance low-E coating. The typical office floor units are 1.5 m x 4 m, and 1.4 m x 3.4 m for the hotel and residential floors. These sizes allow for competitive bidding, a wide range of procurement options, and straightforward installation of the curtainwall. The facade panels are unitized in the factory into a four-sided frame and hung from the buildings’ floor slabs like a conventional curtainwall.
The aluminum fins are connected to one side of the curtainwall unit and the other side is braced by the adjacent panel. This allows the facade to accommodate building movements while also maintaining narrow profiles to maximize sight lines. The residences’ wintergarden balconies, integrated into the facade, protect residents from Perths’ winds while enjoying the outdoors, and provide significant shading that reduces heat gain. Operable panels allow the wintergardens to open to the exterior or close to become an extension of the interior living space."