Built from the remnants of the old MYER Fremantle building, Dave’s Cans is a rooftop event bar project personally undertaken by the DWA team. With atmosphere reminiscent of an old friend’s backyard fiesta, the significant focus was on the repurposing of materials, much like the once-derelict building that resides below, which has been injected with new life from the Spacemarket team.
With the assistance of MANY 6160 occupants and supported by the local Fremantle community – from food suppliers to tune makers – the rooftop bar was made possible through an Indiegogo campaign, and the dream of enjoying a drink underneath the Perth night sky.
Architectural work was completed by David Weir Architects, with Dave’s Cans being a part of the story of the future development of Fremantle’s historic 5000m² rooftop.
Dave's Cans was the first project that I collaborated on at David Weir Architects. I remember getting on the roof for the first time, hammering in the first nail that would dictate the light blue lines on the ground. From the hundreds of photos, to the purchasing of lights, to the painting of stage panels, to the drawing annotations, to the organisation of finances. There is always a special connection with that "first job".
Sitting in the afternoon sun drinking an ice cold beer without a care in the world summons an emotion reminiscent of Andy Dufresne's daring escapade, which results in a brief moment of faux-freedom. "We were the Lords of all Creation". We can't help but stand back and watch each night unfold in this space, in-between rooftop cricket matches and barbecues.
Long live the Cans!