THE GOODS SHED, CLAREMONT
FORM, Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland and Griffiths Architects
The redevelopment of the Goods Shed in Claremont sees the dilapidated structure being transformed into a highly functional and adaptable vibrant community space. The reverence to, and conservation of the existing fabric was key to the transformation which has been realised in the seamless integration of old and new.
If this is the first you’ve seen or heard of The Goods Shed, Lynda Dorrington, Executive Director at FORM explains it perfectly:
“Welcome to The Goods Shed, Western Australia’s newest creative project space, in a repurposed heritage railway building at Claremont Station. A year-round program of speakers, artist residences, projects and workshops. A place to grab a coffee, read a paper, or hang out with friends in the gardens. It’s an exciting new venture, in a very special old building.”
FORM required a gallery space to serve the community and facilitate local and international artists to showcase and collaborate in an interactive space. The partnership between FORM and LandCorp enabled the project to be realised with the generous support from sponsors and suppliers. The architectural firms’ design was motivated by the values of culture and community to facilitate the revival of the Goods Shed and overall precinct, engaging the broader community to celebrate the arts and culture of Western Australia.
The Goods Shed has a flexible gallery and events space, and studio and workplace for artists in residence. It stimulates high quality events, showcases and activities with the capacity to influence perceptions and build the reputation of the evolving Claremont precinct as a place for new ideas, activity and energy. The coffee pod, nestled within a landscaped forecourt, provides public streetscape activation and connection across the precinct.
Photographing The Goods Shed Claremont was a delight. The project is exactly what I love – a rustic old ‘shed’ being transformed into a vibrant community space, mixing the old with the new. I love the raw beauty of the old materials, rusted tin, aged railway sleepers, huge barn doors, even train tracks running through the gallery, adding that special touch.
The Goods Shed is well worth a visit so I would encourage you to go along for an event, exhibition or even for a coffee and a wander through.
“It has been a pleasure to watch Alison’s work progress and to see her develop into a thoroughly professional and skilled architectural photographer. We have worked together on a number of projects now and Alison’s photography certainly makes our work look its very best.”
If you’d like to find out more about The Goods Shed or FORM, visit: The Goods Shed Claremont
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