Today we went to Myre to take a look at the boards of the three finalists of the Kings Square Architectural Competition – McBride, CODA and Kerry Hill. As you probably know Kerry Hill have won the competition. We very much admire Kerry Hill’s elegant, timeless style and are huge fans of the State Theatre Centre (which Kerry Hill designed in 2005). This design is beautiful as well. However, it is ‘big city architecture’, quite monumental and (we feel) too imposing for our quirky, vibrant and diverse Freo. For Freo we would have preferred the other entries, which seem to be more considerate to Freo’s feel and history, both in their own way.
If you’d like to take a close look at the entries, they are on display at Myre’s ground floor or can be viewed online here. Kerry Hill Architects will be holding an informative presentation for those interested in the design concept this Thursday 19 December (tonight) from 5.00 pm at the City of Fremantle Council Chambers (entrance via the white curved staircase adjacent to the old Myer building).