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Perth’s next critical phase of reformation must
be expressing and enriching our city as a place of
creativity and inventiveness. While we have been
doing the strain and pain on fundamental changes
to our infrastructure, the challenge now is to
properly capitalise on our new and emerging city
as a place of creative worth.
We need to slip away from our conservative
shackles, and be fresh and bold about the
shaping of our city. We have an extraordinary
canvas to work with and we must not miss
the opportunity to use this time to take Perth
forward as a remarkable and stimulating city.
This is about more than just buildings – it is the
entire built fabric of our city, from towers in
the sky to tables on the street.
For all its critics, Dubai has allowed an area of
inventiveness in its architecture that has enabled
it to explore a new identity. While there have been
many losses to its street-and-people domain,
there is an unquestionable energy in its relentless
pursuit in testing building forms.
The Park Place Tower – the winning entry in
a major international design competition – was
conceived and inspired by the elegant, curvaceous
form of a perfume bottle, one of our client’s
favourite objects. This led to the sculpting of
a building around two petal-like elements that
intertwined with the central core in plan. These
forms of nature were extruded and curved in
vertical form to create a unique, memorable
silhouette. No one surface is flat, and no one
surface is the same. It is a truly organic form for
a building typology normally associated with
harsh, rectilinear forms.
The building embraces the richness of mixed
uses and activities. It is a vertical vessel containing
workplace, living, short-stay accommodation
and recreation. Rooftops are used as outdoor
extensions for recreation, play and entertainment.
These are all ingredients that we need to be adding
into the mix of our city.
The crown of the tower provides an enclosure
for a magnificent outdoor sky-deck looking out
over the Gulf, and at night the building glows with
PARK PLACE TOWER, DUBAI
Steve Woodland, Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland
a lantern-like quality, expressing its sensuous,
Good buildings, good cities are not partitions
between people, but crucibles to bring people
together. It means rethinking our built
environment with a sense of creative narrative.
Perth and our community deserve a fresh
approach where we forge a place that is playful and
stimulating – a place of fondness and belonging.
Under this, we will flourish.
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