28th June 2018.
Sirona Capital’s FOMO retail development, located in Kings Square, Fremantle, is a finalist in the World Architecture Festival 2018, with judging being held in Amsterdam in November this year.
The World Architecture Festival celebrates inspiring and outstanding architecture. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures occur together with live judging presentations from over 500 award finalists.
It is the only global awards program where architects present their projects live to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world.
FOMO Fremantle, designed by HDR architects, has been selected as a finalist in the Leisure Led Development - Future Project category.
The $270m Kings Square Fremantle, which includes the new $50m City of Fremantle civic centre, is a transformational renewal project in the heart of Western Australia’s historic port city. It will become a major entertainment, retail, and employment precinct.
The project is underwritten by a 15-year lease to the Western Australian State Government for 20,000sqm over five levels and across two buildings to accommodate some functions of the Department of Communities, mainly Housing.
It also includes the introduction of FOMO, a new urban retail, food and dining destination, and the 830 bay multi-deck Queensgate car park.
Sirona managing director Matthew McNeilly said he was deeply encouraged that FOMO Fremantle had been shortlisted.
“We are thrilled our architectural team at HDR has designed a project that will inspire a renewed community vibe in Fremantle’s CBD, one which will contribute significantly to the city’s economic potential,” Mr McNeilly said.
“First and foremost, our focus has been on design excellence and for Kings Square to create a place that lives and breathes social activity enhanced by the inclusion of more than 1,500 government employees in office space above our innovative FOMO food, beverage and retail experience.
“FOMO – which is the heart the Kings Square redevelopment – is all about reflecting Fremantle’s ever-changing nature. While Fremantle has an established character of its own, FOMO will be a destination whose meaning is different for everyone.
“The fact that HDR has three projects shortlisted, including FOMO, tells me quite clearly that we have partnered with the right architectural team.”
HDR Principal Susanne Pini said, “Projects like this are so rare - the opportunity to truly craft an architecture around the community and know that it has the chance of being truly catalytic with a client and a team that believes in the power of design, the power of people and the power to change places - that’s truly transformational”.
The World Architecture Festival will be held in Amsterdam over three days from 28 November 2018.