Old Courthouse, Fremantle | Slavin Architects

Old Courthouse, Fremantle | Slavin Architects | Photographer: DMAX Photography

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Old Courthouse, Fremantle | Slavin Architects

Traditional Land Owners
The Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

Western Australia

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Commercial Architecture
Mondoluce Lighting Award (WA)
Buckingham Re-development Company
DMAX photography
Ed Janes
Slavin Architects
Project summary

The building has significant heritage value having served as a centre for justice for Fremantle and surrounding districts for over 100 years.

Silverleaf Investments, The Old Courthouse Fremantle & Slavin Architects are proud to collaborate and privileged to be responsible for reintroducing this iconic Fremantle venue to the West Australian public, 20 years after it last functioned as a courthouse.

We strongly believe the best way to preserve heritage buildings is to find a compatible use for them. In the case of the Fremantle Courthouse, a great piece of Fremantle’s – and in fact the State’s – heritage has been fully restored and adapted to provide a high-end hospitality venue for the entire family.

This development allows the courthouse to retain its majestic scale and the addition of the Pavilion provides a more casual atmosphere and is designed to be as transparent as possible to complement the beauty of the original building.

Western Australia Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Heritage
Western Australia Jury Presentation

“There are several – sometime competing – considerations in the design of good food and beverage outlets: you must create an environment that offers a welcoming, comfortable and interesting customer experience, but at the same time, the design must be robust, durable and capable of standing up to the wear-and-tear of several hundred hungry and thirsty patrons.

Slavin not only responded to the brief but navigated a complex and lengthy approval process, working around the clock to see construction completed in 6 months despite kicking off right as the industry was beginning to feel the squeeze of pandemic-related materials and labour shortages.”

Project Practice Team

Murray Slavin, Design Architect
Stuart Neal, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Airey Taylor Consulting, Structural Engineer
Forth Consulting, Services Consultant
Sustainability WA, ESD Consultant
Taycon Group, Building Surveyor
Wilde & Wollard, Cost Consultant

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Old Courthouse, Fremantle | Slavin Architects | Photographer: DMAX Photography

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