Mount Eliza Apartments is one of the Perth’s most iconic buildings! Set at the top of Mount Street, the original make up of the apartment building included one residential apartment on each floor for the top 5 floors while the 10 levels below are each shared by two apartments making it the first building of its height with only one or two flats per floor. This layout creates commanding views from the apartment across the city and beyond.
Parliament House is home to the Legislative Council (Upper House) and the Legislative Assembly (Lower House) of the WA Parliament.
Occupying a prime site at the western end of St Georges Terrace, the church is a deceptively simple slab of Art Deco style that, scale aside, is reminiscent of early 20th Century New York. It could pass for a monument in itself and has strong geometrical lines and, despite its relatively short stature, a distinctly vertical emphasis.
From the outset ARM’s work has always been provocative, innovative and aspirational. ARM was originally established in Melbourne, and has continued their tradition of architectural trailblazing in Perth with the completion of two internationally acclaimed projects, the Perth Arena and Wanangkura Stadium.
The Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) is an interdisciplinary hub that excels in Urban Design research and education.
With offices in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Auckland, Christchurch, and associated offices in Dubai, London and Shanghai, the Buchan Group is one of the largest architectural practices in Australia and one of the largest in the world of design of retail, leisure and entertainment, hotel, tourism and hospitality projects.
QV.1 has won a multitude of state and national design awards. While QV1 has won more than its share of awards, it was also once criticised for being “Perth's most ugly building” and “a giant Lego block”. It’s architect, Harry Seidler, however, called QV1 the best building he had ever built. The fourth-tallest office tower in Perth at 163 metres (535 ft) tall. QV1 is a 40-level Modernist skyscraper with 60,000 square metres of floor space.
Visiting The Gardens at Bishops See provides an opportunity to experience one of Perth’s hidden gems. The Gardens at Bishops See are heritage listed. Bishop Hale poured as much attention into the gardens as into the house. Amongst other trees, Bishop Hale planted willow trees from slips from the trees at Napoleon’s tomb on St Helena. These willow trees are located on the western side of spring Street. The other willow trees found in the garden are from later periods.
The Perth City Link is one of Western Australia’s most important public infrastructure projects. Changing the face of Perth's CBD the project includes the sinking of the Wellington Street bus station and the Fremantle railway line from the Horseshoe Bridge as far as King & Lake Streets. This allows for uninterrupted access between the Perth CBD and Northbridge.
Dockwise Australia's offices are located in the Royal Insurance Building, which is part of a group of Heritage Buildings constructed during the end of the Gold Boom/ Pre-war/ Pre-depression era. The group forms part of the last remaining iconic heritage buildings on St George's Terrace.
Located in the heart of Perth CBD, the BHP Billiton workplace sits within the Brookfield Place precinct and occupies 60,000sqm of the 72,000sqm tower and 34 of the 45 floors, at 125 St Georges Terrace. BHP Billiton’s work space creates a state of the art working environment that is inviting and flexible, encouraging greater collaboration, increased motivation and morale and assisting with the attraction and retention of staff.
Brookfield Place includes the last remaining ‘collection’ of heritage buildings that run along St Georges Terrace in Perth.
From as early as the 1930s, the Central Park site has been a destination for the people of Perth, and was originally home to a Foy & Gibson department store.
One of Australia’s largest design practices, HASSELL is a leading architecture, interiors, landscape and planning studio with more than 800 employees. As a testament to the quality of design projects produced by HASSELL, the studio has been recognised with more than 750 awards from leading industry bodies.
In 2012 the smell of one of Perth’s best sausage sizzles filtered down to the streets and helped establish Gresley Abas as an Open House Perth 2012 studio favourite. Located in the Harpers Buildings designed by the revered Edwin Summerhayes, Gresley Abas are leaders in Western Australian Architecture.
FORM is an independent non-profit organisation that develops and leverages creative excellence as a catalyst for cultural development and community transformation in Western Australia. FORM works in four main program areas including regional development, Aboriginal creative development, creative capital and industry development.
The historical value of the Faulding Buildings is why they have been listed by Open House as a must see. The Faulding Buildings showcase both Federation Free Classical and Federation Warehouse styles of architecture, which contribute to the collection of warehouse buildings along the Murray Street merchant district.
Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland is one of Perth’s most prominent architectural firms. Made up of a committed and highly skilled team of people they are dedicated to supporting their clients with design excellence.
King St Studio is a multidisciplinary studio space dedicated to supporting emerging and mid-career creative talent. Currently housing visual artists, jewellers, videography and graphic design, the open plan studio provides opportunities for collaboration and cross-pollination between different disciplines. Studio members will be exhibiting a collection of recent work to coincide with Open House Perth.
Shop, eat, drink and get your hair cut – not many places offer such diversity of experience, which is what makes Uncle Joe’s so interesting. On the north side of Perth’s premier shopping strip you will find this intriguing destination.
HBO+EMTB is a regional multidisciplinary design practice, with offices in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Well known in Perth for the refurbishment of the iconic GPO Building, the HBO+EMTB Perth studio is staffed by a talented group of design professionals offering services in architecture, interior design, urban and landscape and consulting fields.
Venn occupies a century-old flourmill in Queen Street in Perth’s central business district. This inner city renewal project involved the gutting and reinstating of this historical building to include a roof terrace and mezzanine level.
This building is one of Perth’s most influential new commercial developments. Gordon Stephenson House is a five-star Green Star building that takes a different approach to commercial tower design with it being conceived as separate buildings.
Wesley Quarter is an upgrade to the public spaces and laneways surrounding the historic Wesley Church.
ID BY MONO is a contemporary design studio located in one of Perth’s most iconic heritage buildings.
CCN occupy the entire third floor of the historic Sheffield House; the CCN office is a great example of how heritage buildings can be reinterpreted and reinvigorated, the design also reflects the practice’s sustainable design aspirations and methodology.
Spacecubed is a 550 square metre co-working, collaboration and innovation space located in the heart of the Perth central business district. Having originally been the Reserve Bank offices, Spacecubed still contains an original vault that has now been turned into an ideas and brainstorming room.
The Geyer Perth studio is on level 2 of the Atlas Building, a significant heritage building constructed during the Great Depression in the Inter-War Free Classical Style in 1930-1931 for the Atlas Assurance Company. In its day the facade demonstrated innovative design and a decorative use of materials including Wunderlich architectural terracotta. The building is a rare reminder of the period during the Great Depression when very few commercial buildings were constructed in Perth.
In May 1907, SB Alexander, one of the most prominent builders in Perth, was awarded the contract to build a café in Hay Street, not far from its junction with Barrack Street. Named Moana Café, and built at a cost of £1875, the building was acknowledged in 1912 to be “the finest building of its kind in the Commonwealth” from an architectural point of view.
The site of the Old Treasury Building is one of the most significant heritage precincts in Western Australia and has a rich history spanning more than 135 years.
This year is particularly significant for Council House as it marks the building’s 50th Year Golden Anniversary. Officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in March 1963, Council House is one of the finest examples of 1960s “Minimalist Modern” office buildings in the country.
Founded 145 years ago, the WARC is the last remaining evidence of the collection of clubs which once lined the Swan River foreshore.
Built in the Federation and Free Style, the Curtin Graduate School of Business offers an interesting glimpse into Perth City’s history. It was originally built as a two storey building to house the Government Printing Office. The subsequent addition of two storeys is a reflection of the economic growth that this city went through on the turn of the 20th century.
The National Trust of Australia (WA) commenced a major conservation and adaptive reuse project on the former Perth Medical & Health Department Offices at 57 Murray Street in 2013 and is calling for expressions of interest to lease the building as offices.
The Perth Concert Hall is an example of Brutalist architecture, with its solid opaque interior, giant projecting roof and use of white off-form concrete. The auditorium features a specially commissioned 3000-pipe organ surrounded by a 160-person choir gallery and an audience seating capacity of 1731 people.
The Duxton Hotel Perth stands at the previous site of the Christian Brothers College, an independent school for boys established in January 1894. The land and buildings were purchased by the Perth City Council in 1961, as the site was considered for construction of a major international hotel in preparation for visitors to the 1962 Empire Games.
Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia occupies three heritage buildings on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre. The Gallery houses the State Art Collection, which includes one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art, the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art and design, as well as Australian and international art and design.
Located on the corner of Roe and William Streets in Northbridge, the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia features the 575-seat Heath Ledger Theatre and the flexible performance space, Studio Underground, capable of seating more than 200. Also included in the Centre is the Courtyard, a multi-purpose outdoor events space, two rehearsal rooms and two flexible use private suites.
In a building now over a century old, Gotham Studios remains alive and well. This year Gotham is celebrating its 25th anniversary since being officially incorporated in 1988.
The Cultural Centre bridges the great divide between Northbridge and Perth city, making it a central location for the Open House Perth weekend and an ideal place for the location of the first Open House Perth Augmented Reality experience
What is now Central Institute of Technology originally opened as Perth Technical School in 1900, under the Latin motto “resurgam”, which means “I will arise”. More than a century later, with its $62 million building on Aberdeen Street recently completed, Central has certainly lived up to its ambitious beginnings.
Located in Northbridge, one of WA’s budding creative precincts, Mountford Architects is a boutique design practice concerned with finding the best solution, not the easiest one.
Foundation Housing and the Department of Housing initiated in 2006 an international open competition to test ideas and possibilities for a diverse mixed-use development in Northbridge, which included various accommodation types, together with commercial areas and a social enterprise cafe.
Proving good things can come in small packages, La Petite Galerie welcomes all art forms into its hot desk and gallery space as a platform for launching an artistic career. An arty little hole in the wall, this atelier for resident photomedia artist and writer Sue-Lyn Moyle, also offers creative hot desk space for emerging artisans seeking a small, affordable inner city workspace on a casual or part-time basis, located in the Building for Diversity project for Foundation Housing.
The new Fratelle Group studio is the embodiment of Fratelle’s design ethos and brand demonstrated through an open plan space, designed to encourage team collaboration and the exchange of ideas.
Santelli Architects is an established, Northbridge based full service architectural practice that prides itself on its small firm experience, offering personalised service and attention to detail on every project it undertakes.
Named after the patron saints of the Greek island of Castellorizo, Saints Constantine and Helene Church is a unique building in Perth, demonstrating a Romanesque interpretation of the traditional Byzantine style. This church was an architectural contribution by the Greek community to the Western Australia’s landscape, adding to the vibrant and diverse cultural mix that characterises Perth city and Northbridge.
The Rialto Terrace Apartments is a 1920's icon superbly modernised for the 21st century.
Perth architects/interior designers Nash + Ghersinich have created a light filled and contemporary home and studio on a narrow urban site.
Sharnie is an Urban Designer who was originally educated in Perth, she has worked all over Australia and in various other parts of the world (such as England, USA, China, the Middle East and Japan) for the last 25 years. This warehouse on Church Street has become both home and office since the year 2000.
The Florence Street House represents a great example of urban infill housing. This project makes the most of a small site using traditional materials subversively and enhancing its environment with a combination of elegant form and quirky details.
The Creative Arts House designed the Open House Perth logo and look after Open House Perth’s social media. The Creative Arts House are friends of Open House Perth
The Creative Arts House will be hosting multiple activities during the Open House Perth weekend:
Urban garden display
Hope Street is an addition to a long and narrow existing house in a row of inner-city workers houses from the early 1900s. The new spaces within this renovation have blurred the boundary between inside and outside maximising natural light.
Marco Vittino and Katherine Ashe bring to the practice many years of teaching experience and a great deal of built and unbuilt architectural, urban design projects and other creative pursuits. They enjoy working collaboratively and exploring new ideas with other disciplines.
Ever wondered who/ what changes the green light to red?
Main Roads have joined with Open House to provide an insight into the workings of the Traffic Operation Center. This is a great opportunity to see the people behind the traffic and road cameras that manage and coordinate our road system.
Perth City Farm is a working farm in the middle of the city. It is an oasis in a concrete jungle; where people come to learn, grow food, eat and drink, attend the weekend farmers market. Perth City Farm also host events like art exhibitions, weddings, workshops and public meetings. The team at Perth City Farm promote both sustainability and community by facilitating educational programs for kids.
Following decades in its well know Adelaide Terrace location, construction of ABC Perth’s new home was completed in 2005 and opened by the Prime Minister of Australia. The three storey complex in East Perth accommodates staff in Local Radio, television, news, current affairs, Radio National, Classic FM, production resources, technology and associated management and administration.
Boans was one of Western Australia’s first retail chain stores with a history in the State from 1895 to 1985 when it was purchased by the Melbourne based Myer department store chain in 1985 and re-branded. The iconic Boans Warehouse building, which sits proud on the hill overlooking the renewed and re-developed East Perth region, was the Boans store’s furniture factory from the early 1900’s and is the only building in the State still to retain the Boans Store logo.
Artsource is unlocking doors to its Haig Park Studios, an inner city creative hub housing four artists working across a diverse range of mediums. Artists Marzena Topka, Patricia Newman, Connie Petrillo and Rizzy will be inviting the public to go behind the scenes and discover where the magic happens.
This project is an example of how, with good design, a small urban site can be developed into a dense, functional and desirable place to live. This new model of affordable housing is aimed to cater to single professionals or students who seek living in shared accommodation. Therefore the studio bedrooms each have its own ensuite, with open and light yet compact common areas.
Built over the former East Perth Locomotive Depot, the Public Transport Centre, is one of Perth’s best examples of Brutalist style architecture.
Green World Revolution (GWR) is a not-for-profit organisation that has been established in Perth to help solve environmental and urban social problems using urban, suburban and peri-urban horticulture; bringing the green of nature to the grey of the neglected city spaces.
The new West Australian Ballet Centre is located on the historic site of the former blind institute in Maylands.
In a precinct of North Perth predominantly developed in the 1920’s and 30’s Joe Chindarsi is creating a new home for himself and his partner. Their existing c.1928 transition Indian-Californian Bungalow on the corner of Kyilla Park has been refurbished with the addition of a small loft extension to the rear. This will be retained as an investment property with their new home being located in what was the back-yard of the bungalow.
The new City of Perth Library designed by Kerry Hill Architects will be a vibrant community hub.