Just as the face of every big city is changing, so is the way we choose to live. Increasingly, people are looking to live closer to work and nearer to the vibrant hub of the city, with its restaurants, cafes, bars, theatres and retail stores.
The Fairlanes Perth mixed-use development has been designed for just such a lifestyle. Located in the thriving east end of the city of Perth and developed by Finbar Group, Fairlanes Perth is being built on the site of the old Fairlanes Bowling Alley at 181 Adelaide Terrace.
Finbar managing director John Chan says the company took the historical significance of the site into consideration when planning the 27-storey residential and commercial tower, which was designed by SS Chang Architects.
"The relevance of the site to the community makes this a special development," Chan says. "We believed it was important to create a new entertainment focal point at the east end of the city. Consequently, a public plaza and terraced amphitheatre will form a key part of the development."
In addition to the amphitheatre and stage, which will be used for unobtrusive music performances, the north-facing public forecourt will include a water feature, seating, grass and shade trees. The development also provides for ground-level cafe, restaurant and wine bar tenancies that will activate this part of Adelaide Terrace by day and night.
Architect Sin Chang says to further enhance the street appeal, the design maximises sunlight and public viewing corridors to the Swan River.
"We wanted to create an inviting and dynamic public space that will become an invaluable component of the Adelaide precinct," he says.