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Arbors, Scarborough Waterfront Development

Date: 2016

The arbor structures provide generously shaded areas along the edges of the new, linear town square that transforms a space once dominated by roads and car parking areas. The curved geometry of the arbors responds to the serpentine qualities of the space and casts complex and interesting shadows across the ground plane of the new square.

The MRA engaged Paul Carter to develop a detailed cultural framework for the Scarborough project. This document formed the basis of a series of thematic ideas that inform the complex structural and visual form of the arbor structures.

The underlying geometry of the arbor canopies is a type of ‘voronoi’ structure found in natural systems and geometries including a dragonfly’s wing. The geometry allows for a loose fit structural relationship to a series of semi-randomly located column or trunk structures that ‘bend’ in response to the prevailing south westerly sea breeze.

The project brief and scope were expanded to include the design and documentation of an amenities building to sit adjacent to the inter-generational skate park. The structure is conceived as a simple pavilion and ‘marker’ building on the edge of the large and visually complex skate park space. It incorporates a series of ‘box’ change rooms located behind a hardwood timber screen and below a canopy pavilion roof reminiscent of sculpturally expressive concrete beach pavilions constructed in the post-war modernist era.

The pavilion has been developed on the basis of largely self-finished and highly robust materials appropriate for what is a sometimes harsh climatic and social environment. It incorporates the City of Stirling’s specific requirements for security, access and maintenance and will deliver excellent longevity and long-term performance whilst still achieving an appropriately playful and civic outcome for one of Perth’s iconic beachfront places.

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