Abandoned Power Station, Western Australia by Akrotiri

Abandoned Power Station, Western Australia by 

Featured in – Architecture and Street Art – 30Oct2011
Featured in – The Power of Photography Group – 30Nov2011

Coogee (South Fremantle) Power Station – Western Australia
Heritage Listed Art Deco Building

The old power station has fallen into disrepair and is now filled with urban art. The building opened in 1951 and housed the first major power generation in Western Australia specifically designed to generate AC current at 50Hz. It could now be advertised as a “renovator’s delight” as it has a fantastic facade and sweeping ocean views.

editing: autobalance in PSE8

I live in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is rugged, remote and ancient. I love to capture moments that we may easily miss or pass by. I need to slow down, live life, notice the little things and breathe….. rather than rush to my next meeting through the artificial world. Beauty is all around us, the more you look, the more you see…
Unless stated, my images are straight from the camera with minimal processing.

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  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...over 3 years ago

    Great shot Louise! I can get some idea of those views – why on earth don’t they do something with it! I looked it up on Google and imagine what they could do with an urban renewal type project. SHops/art gallery/cinema etc on the ground floor and apartments upstairs and maybe a restaurant on the top. It is a wonderful looking building. Gone on my list of places to visit when we next ‘go west’!

  • Yes, it is in a great spot isn’t it – put it on the list for sure. It is an amazing place. A bit overwhelming with soooo much to see and I had to really concentrate or I would have come away with 2GB of rust/peeling paint shots!! Thanks for popping in Odille :-)

    – Akrotiri

  • HennaGoddess
    HennaGoddessover 3 years ago

    Awesome shot , you should put your camera make in your info. Love how you can see the water through the windows

  • Thanks Helen, this was one of my fave shots of the day. ;-)

    – Akrotiri

  • Thanks Helen, this was one of my favourite shots of the day ;-)

    – Akrotiri

  • HennaGoddess
    HennaGoddessover 3 years ago

    Kinda sad if they did do something with the place were would we go to see all this wonderful art that fills this place but I can see also that this building now has a limited life span which is such a waste .

  • I know, I think there is a lot of mixed feelings about developing the site or not. See it while we can I reckon. Maybe shires should provide more spaces for art like this? People definitely go there to see it!!!

    – Akrotiri

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 3 years ago

    Wonderful, I have only viewed it from the outside.

  • Thanks Mik, it’s amazing to see the scale of it once you’re up close or inside.

    – Akrotiri

  • MartinJohnson
    MartinJohnsonover 3 years ago

    This is superb, i love the light and shade, the DOF if great to.

  • Thanks very much Martin. It was a great adventure with so much to see. An immense space.

    – Akrotiri

  • Josephine Pugh
    Josephine Pughover 3 years ago

    What a location! Such great chiaroscuro and perspective! Great job!

  • Thanks Jo! There was so much to see and take in on such a grand scale it was hard to keep my mind focussed!! I kept walking around saying “wow”. LOL. Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement for urbex. (psssst readers – go check out Josephine’s portfolio, it is amazing!!)

    – Akrotiri

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyover 3 years ago

    A great photo and a fascinating story. What a view!

  • Thanks Betty and thanks for stopping by!

    – Akrotiri

  • Eve Parry
    Eve Parryover 3 years ago

    You have composed this beautifully and obviously photographed it at a perfect time of day and perfect lighting situation. Is this building easy to get in to.

  • Thanks Eve, yes it was a random warm day and the sun was out throwing light and shadows everywhere.

    – Akrotiri

  • Lissie EJ
    Lissie EJover 3 years ago

  • Wow, thanks so much Lissie – I’m rapt!!!

    – Akrotiri

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsover 3 years ago

    Ohhhhh so much better viewed LARGE!!!! What a shot, Louise! … fave! :-)))

  • Best viewed in person!!! It was an awesome place, vibrant, haunting, surreal. Still intrigues me and I’d love to go back. Thanks for your great comment and fave, much appreciated. :))

    – Akrotiri

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