New York’s REX Architecture to transform Perth waterfront

The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority in Perth has released designs of a twin-tower development at Elizabeth Quay for public comment.

The tower complex is designed by New York-based practice REX Architecture and developed by Brookfield Property Partners. It will occupy lots 5 and 6 in the Elizabeth Quay development precinct, which is bound by The Esplanade, Enchantress Way, Duchess Way and Geoffrey Bolton Avenue.

The two towers comprising the Perth+ complex will reach 19 and 54 storeys (86.5 and 220 metres) respectively, incorporating 15,000 square metres of office space across the two towers, as well as 220 luxury apartments. The taller of the two towers will include a 220-room hotel.

The proposal also includes cafe, restaurant and retail spaces on the ground floor across both towers and a public plaza to the south of the buildings, fronting The Landing and the Elizabeth Quay inlet.

A "plus"-shaped section bisects the taller tower of Perth+ by REX Architecture.

A “plus”-shaped section bisects the taller tower of Perth+ by REX Architecture.

Image: Metropolitan Development Authority

The taller tower to the west will have a cantilevering “plus”-shaped section inset into the tower’s vertical volume. Described by the architects as the tower’s “glowing heart,” this three-level section will contain publicly-accessible amenities including restaurants, bars, a ballroom, a gym and meeting facilities.

The height of the second tower is aligned with the top of the “plus.” Between the two towers will be a 22.3-metre-wide open-air, landscaped pedestrian space traversing the area between The Esplanade and Geoffrey Bolton Avenue.

The facades of both buildings will be made of a unitized aluminium curtain wall.

The designs are currently on exhibition for public comment until 14 June as part of the proponents’ application for in-principle development approval. View the proposal here.

REX Architecture is headed by Joshua Prince-Ramus who was founding partner of OMA New York, which was rebranded as REX Architecture in 2006. The practice’s best known works include the Seattle Central Library.

Perth+ is one of a number of privately developed sites within the Elizabeth Quay precinct, masterplanned by ARM Architecture. Other developments in the area include:

  • The public domain by ARM Architecture and Taylor Cullity Lethlean, which was opened in 2016.
  • The Towers at Elizabeth Quay by Cottee Parker Architects (Lots 9 and 10): a 205-room Ritz-Carlton hotel and 379 apartments expected to be completed in 2019.
  • A proposed Australian Headquarters for Chevron’s designed by Hassell (Lots 7 and 8). The project is currently on hold.
  • EQ West by Kerry Hill Architects (Lots 2 and 3): a 180-metre-tall tower, which will be crowned with a two-storey public art museum. EQ West is developed by CA and Associates, a joint venture of AAIG and Fini Group. Completion is anticipated in 2019.
  • Lot 4 is currently the site of a temporary civic space designed by Post Architecture and hosted a temporary structure for the Perth International Arts Festival in 2016 designed by Hassell. The site was sold to CA and Associates in April 2017 for the development of a new commercial, retail, residential compex, which will also include a post-graduate education facility and short-stay student accommodation.
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