Knutsford development wins two major Architecture Awards

Unique Fremantle development wins two major Architecture Awards

Stage 1 of the Knutsford development in Fremantle has won two top residential architectural awards in recognition of its unique and sustainable urban design, strengthening its position as one of Perth's most sought-after developments for budget conscious, design savvy buyers.

The development, located only 2 kilometres from the Fremantle CBD, took home the Australian Institute of Architects State award before being crowned as the overall winner in the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing category at the 2016 National Architecture Awards in November.

FJM Property Director, Kyle Jeavons, who is behind some of Perth's most iconic developments, said the awards were great recognition for the project partners and their vision to create the ultimate Fremantle lifestyle.

"Right from the start, the team at FJM Property, Georgiou Capital and Mainpart Holdings had a desire to create a development that would complement Fremantle's unique character, while incorporating first-class design, generously proportioned spaces and a village-like atmosphere – all at a highly accessible price," he said.

"We are very proud of what our team has created and the peak in enquiries since winning these awards. We're now looking forward to releasing Stage 3 of the development in the upcoming weeks."

Frank Marra, Chief Executive at Landcorp, congratulated the joint venture partners on the success of the Knutsford development which he said exemplified the vision of Landcorp.

"The Knutsford development is a first-class example of an inclusive and affordable residential development where people not only want to live and socialise, but where they are well connected to public services and infrastructure," he said.

"The success of this development is testament to the quality of the partnership between Landcorp and the JV. We had a robust selection criteria and we're pleased the chosen proponent has delivered such an outstanding development for Fremantle," said Mr Marra.

"I also acknowledge the City of Fremantle's support to transform a former industrial area into a sustainable and modern residential space that is underpinned by community and belonging."

Ken and Suzette, who purchased a terrace home off the plan during the Stage 1 release, said they were thrilled to secure a home in the Knutsford development.

"Being Fremantle residents for 15 years, the opportunity to buy into such a well located and uniquely designed concept was irresistible," said Ken.

"The interesting architectural lines provide us with a spacious and well-appointed interior, as well as a private outdoor entertainment area to capitalise on during both the Summer and Winter months."

"Living in close proximity to our favourite restaurants and coffee shops in Fremantle is also a bonus – buying into this development has given us a fantastic lifestyle," he said.

The development was designed by internationally renowned architect and Fremantle resident, Michael Patroni from Space Agency, who has won numerous architectural and industry awards for his work spanning 20 years.

Stage 3 of the Knutsford development will be released in early 2017 and incorporates a mix of apartments and terrace homes, each with adaptable spaces, generous kitchens and courtyards, and equal access to northern light.

Uniquely, all car parking at Knutsford is via the laneways, freeing the street elevation for living rooms or adaptable spaces rather than crossovers and garage doors. Dwellings are courtyard orientated or 'upside down' houses, with main living rooms and terraces on the first floor and flexible spaces below.

More information on the upcoming Stage 3 release of the Knutsford development, including location, siteplan and an image gallery, can be found by visiting www.knutsford.com.au. Enquires can also be directed to Glenn O'Connor-Smith at Acton Projects.

February 2017