First mass timber office coming to Fremantle

architect Rhys Jenkins, Yolk Property Group director Pete Adams and garden guru Josh Byrne.
architect Rhys Jenkins, Yolk Property Group director Pete Adams and garden guru Josh Byrne.

A NEW commercial development on the corner of Josephson and High Street in Fremantle aims to be the first mass timber-framed office development.

The six storey hArbour by Yolk project will feature an abundance of plant life, vertical gardens across the building exterior and a glass faade designed so all occupants are close to a natural light source.

Yolk Property Group director Pete Adams said the materials used in the construction would come from natural sources.

An artist impression of the development.

“Office workers spend around eight hours a day indoors, often in offices that lack adequate sunlight and fresh air while being surrounded by manmade materials like plastic,” he said.

“In contrast studies have shown workplaces that utilise natural materials like wood, incorporate plant life and allow for natural light result in happier and more productive employees.

“Our aim with this project is not just to develop a highly sustainable building but to create an environment that has a positive impact on those within it.

“We want to re-imagine the idea of an office, producing spaces that employees will enjoy spending time in.”

Other features include solar and battery storage system and storm and grey water collection.