Rockingham is a coastal town centre and tourist destination in the southern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. Directly off shore is Australia’s largest naval fleet and submarine base, Garden Island.
Rockingham市海滨总纲规划（2015）完成后，当局委托 Place Laboratory为Rockingham前滨的三个主要公共领域空间进行详细设计，包括提升主街铁路露台、将停车场改建为行人广场，以及扩阔海滨长廊。
Following the completion of the Rockingham Foreshore Master Plan (2015) Place Laboratory was commissioned to develop the detailed design for three key public realm spaces on the Rockingham foreshore including the upgrade of the main street Railway Terrace, converting a carpark into pedestrian plaza, and widening its waterfront promenade.
The project required working with a wide range of stakeholders including residents, traders, state government and the local government. Establishing a common vision early in the process, allowed the team to navigate through conflicting interests. Extensive community consultation and place activation planning have been used to inform the design of Beach Plaza, a new high performance public square, that together with the redevelopment of the foreshore promenade and historic Railway Terrace to create a new civic heart and tourism destination for Rockingham.
The design team worked with the community to understand the natural and cultural character of the site and develop a place activation plan and design narrative to enhance and extend the unique characteristics inherent to the site. The design seeks to connect the city to the sea, create a place of celebration with a relaxed character that is young at heart.
The beachside location of Rockingham Foreshore has provided a wealth of stories. A key focus has been to capture the sense of colour, fun and playfulness to improve the sociability of the promenade and beach front. During early research, we discovered some historical photos of the life on the beach. The vibrant beach activities and colourful beach umbrellas have inspired the colour and furniture palette.
Creating playful urban environment for both children and grownups is one of the key design pursuits in many of our projects. Playing is a universal human behaviour regardless of age. In our design, we are not treating play as an age specific activity, but an opportunity for everyone to have fun and encourage interaction between different generations. In the foreshore project, opportunities for play were integral to the promenade landscape, such as the climbing net and slide have become some of the most popular furniture for people of different ages.
With the impact of climate change and sea level rise, the need for integrating environmental strategy into landscape architecture solutions, implemented at all scales, has become ever so important. Rockingham Foreshore Revitalisationt is underpinned by strategies responding to the rising sea level. The seawall was redesigned to integrate the coastal protection function and public recreational needs, including the seating terraces and large sweeping lawn. Locally native coastal plants were used to regenerate the dune ecosystem, provide precious urban habitat for wildlife and mitigate dune erosion.
设计单位： PLACE Laboratory
Client: City of Rockingham
Location: Rockingham Western Australia
Type: Waterfront promenade, Public plaza and streetscape
Area: 13,000 sqm
Project Period: 2016-2019
Photographer: Dion Robeson