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This project was designed and delivered to
revitalise the Mundaring Weir Precinct area,
which refers to a number of public and private
facilities that have been established within
a kilometre radius of the Mundaring Weir, since
its construction in 1902.
The Mundaring Weir Interpretation
Precinct reinforces and celebrates the spirit
of the massive project that was CY O’Connor’s
Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply
Scheme. The materiality, resolution and
implementation of the Precinct ensures visitors
will enjoy an educational and interactive
experience for years to come.
The Mundaring Weir and surrounding
grounds and buildings are rich in historic
value and cultural heritage. Phase3/Newforms
successfully provided the desired project
outcomes while respecting and adhering to the
significant cultural heritage on site. Recycled
materials were used, including decommissioned
Water Corporation assets, resulting in a uniquely
individual result that speaks directly to the site.
Working closely with the Water Corporation,
Phase3/Newforms has imbued the Mundaring
Weir Interpretation Precinct project with an
ecological and sustainable imperative that
ensures ease in maintenance and ongoing site
management. The processes of the water cycle are
evident and woven into the fabric of the landscape
as interpretive and educational elements.
The landscape design was influenced by
a strong sense of respect for the cultural
and aesthetic heritage and value, including
recognition of elements such as the significant
stonework within the site. For example, in the CY
O’Connor Hub, gabion walls have reinterpreted
the original stonework and been constructed with
locally sourced as well as on-site recycled stone.
On top of winning the best overall design
and sustainable category at the 2014 LIAWA
Awards, the project was also a finalist in the
2014 WA Heritage Awards for the Outstanding
Interpretation Projects that Enhance a Place.
Photography Rene Baur
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