Origami sculptures transform South Perth’s foreshore.
Anyone visiting South Perth can’t miss the two largest residents alongside Mends Street jetty-a massive Frill-neck Lizard and giant Numbat. The origami-inspired sculptures form part of ‘Connect South’, a project seeking to improve the public space linking the jetty with Perth Zoo. The impressive forms not only showcase Australian wildlife and the crucial role Perth Zoo plays in protecting indigenous species, but also creates a playful sense of place offering canopied shelter on the Swan River’s south shore.
Working closely with the architects, Stantec’s structural engineers consulted on the origami animals which are constructed out of steel plates. At around twenty metres long and ten metres high, their outsize proportions and considerable weight demanded careful analysis around construction to simplify transportation and assembly on site.
Joining smaller installations around the foreshore precinct, the four-legged residents have attracted attention to the area and boosted the local economy; they are warmly welcomed by the community.
At a Glance
- Iredale Pederson Hook
- AIPM – Project Management Achievement Awards 2020, WA Project of the Year
- Iwan Iwanoff Award 2020, Small Project Architecture
- Architecture MasterPrize Awards 2020, Best in Installation and Structures
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