Liv wins UDIA WA Award for excellence – High Density

DHA Liv Apartments awarded for new benchmarks in high-density living

UDIA WA has recognised Defence Housing Australia (DHA) for setting new standards for high-density urban living with the development of Liv Apartments in the East End of Fremantle.

Designed by the award winning international firm Hassell, Liv Apartments’ unique features has earned it the rare and coveted ‘One Planet Living community’ accreditation—joining the prestigious company of only 20 developments world-wide and seven within Australia recognised by Bioregional for national leadership in creating healthy, happy and affordable living within a supportive broader community.

DHA worked closely with the City of Fremantle—a One Planet City— to build a thriving complex that will improve the health and wellbeing of general residents, Australian Defence Force personnel and the Fremantle community. The shared vision has rejuvenated the East End by reintroducing active residential, community and commercial amenities to the area.

Situated along the northern gateway into the historic port city of Fremantle, DHA’s Liv Apartments project has transformed a run-down former car yard site into an attractive, modern, mixed-use development, adding diversity and character to the local area. The development offers occupants the opportunity to live in the heart of this thriving port community with cafes, restaurants and bars; historical attractions, arts and culture, a university campus, beach and harbour all close by.

The multi-storey development features 166 apartments, approximately 1,300sqm of ground floor retail and commercial space in addition to an array of landscaped courtyards and public open spaces. The site is located approximately 1.2km from the Fremantle city centre, and is within walking distance of a large range of shops, cafes and community facilities— including Fremantle Markets, the largest food market in the state of WA.

Access to the surrounding areas and Perth CBD can be achieved via convenient public transport and cycle networks.

Liv has three distinct buildings with street frontages on Queen Victoria and Quarry streets, each designed to reflect the character of the street it faces. The Quarry Street façade reflects the industrial heritage of the East End while the Queen Victoria Street façade reflects Fremantle’s vibrant arts community with a significant public artwork by Perth artist Rick Vermey, forming an elaborate ceiling two stories high to the central landscaped public laneway running the length of the development.

Liv is a beacon for environmental excellence in high-density living in Fremantle’s East End. Its sustainable design principles have achieved a four Star Green Star equivalent rating and an impressive 7.5 star NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) average rating for the development and minimum 6 star for individual apartments.

Comprised of spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments, all Liv dwellings feature energy and water saving utilities, reducing the environmental footprint of the development. Other ecological features include a solar PV embedded network providing affordable renewable energy and lower electricity costs, double-glazing, ceiling fans, edible gardens, organic waste machine and recycling facilities.

Liv is sophisticated, strong and contemporary—a welcome complement to the progressive City of Fremantle.