In a narrative from history and horticulture, REALMstudios developed a competition winning design for the Fragrance Group hotel and apartment towers development on Murray Street, Perth. The history of the site goes back to Mr Barrett, a convict come entrepreneur nurseryman who built a large nursery that supplied early settlement. Shafto Lane was previously called Barrett Lane, named after the nurseryman.
Our scheme interprets a ground plane grid typology from modern production nurseries to inform pavements patterns. On the ground we explore scaled-up feature terrariums with integrated seating as sculptural forms that reference original green houses on site. These provide an elegant solution through integration of concrete, steel, glass, timber and low light plant material. These concepts pervade the public realm at ground floor and numerous semi-private roof gardens throughout both towers.