The Icepick | maarch* Architects

The Icepick | maarch* Architects | Photographer: Babett Fekete

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

The Icepick | maarch* Architects

Traditional Land Owners
the Whadjuk Nyoongar people
Year
2023
Chapter

Western Australia

Category
COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Small Project Architecture
Builder
Gwyth Jones
Photographer
Babett Fekete
Carrick Elliott
Gwyth Jones
Project summary

This “occupied sculpture” represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make an iconic contribution to the City of Perth.

Known as the ‘Icepick’, it overlooks Parliamentary House and fulfills important literal and metaphorical functions.

The crystalline geometry houses a meeting place for tourists, an office for locals, and a cafe with terrace for everyone; and it engages passers-by at every scale, from pedestrians to motorists.

It also marks the spot where St Georges Terrace was unceremoniously severed from the Parliamentary precinct by construction of the Mitchell Freeway in the 1960s.

The Icepick therefore serves as a temporal bridge, enabling people to imagine how these disparate parts might be stitched back together, if and when the Parliamentary Promenade is realised.

This unique project provides a new perspective on a previously forgotten and neglected part of the city, and its presence may contribute to the ongoing renewal of this area.

Western Australia Jury Presentation

This new building is unlike anything else in Perth, and its uniqueness is one of the things we love most about it.

We set out to create something iconic on a tiny sliver of disused land, and the outcome exceeded all of our expectations.

Already the building has made a significant contribution to the street and city, thanks to its highly visible shape and appearance, and we’re confident that as all of the new elements come online – the café, the lookout, the bike charging stations and water fountain – that it will become a much-loved and admired addition to Perth.

Project Practice Team

Jose Morales Macedo, Senior Designer (Architect registered in Peru)

Project Consultant and Construction Team

CADDS Energy, ESD Consultant
Espin Capital, Developer
Fozdar, Kamal Fozdar, Engineer
Mark Rubie, Building Surveyor
MDC Global, Electrical Consultant
ORA, Civil Consultant

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