AWARD: Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza
Project Team: Convic, City of Fremantle
Citiation: It is well recognised that a progressive approach to social sustainability is important for providing young people with other than structured sport and education. The Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza by Convic and the City of Fremantle is a great example of a central, accessible public open space that provides a range of active, passive and social pursuits for all ages which is adaptable over time to meet evolving healthy and safe activities for a diversity of users with differing interests and abilities.
The design of the structures builds on Fremantle’s past and present themes of beach, brickworks, rail and maritime into forms, shapes, elements and materials and a diverse, engaging and aesthetically pleasing plaza space. The location close to the waterfront and a high water table, king tides, storm surges and sea level rise set the baseline for the design.
Active wheeled sports and other active pursuits in an outdoor setting need robust and hard wearing design, and this project responds to environmental issues, seasonal weather, social and specific user activity with an adaptable variety of sports activity and events, competition and community gathering.