Kerry Hill’s design for the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia is a display of restraint and exuberance. Like a good wine, or great meal or wonderful performance, the ingredients have been carefully selected and combined to create a greater whole. The architect has understood the site, knitting the elements of the new building back into the urban fabric of the Northbridge precinct of Perth, and then carefully composing those elements, knowing when to be dramatic or remain contemplative.
Internally the building is a beautifully theatrical space with rich timber panels balanced with gold-coloured metal elements. The bathrooms are no afterthought, following through on the theatrical experience with timber, stone, multiple mirrors and vertical lighting.
There is an excellent review of the award-winning project by Philip Goldswain on ArchitectureAU.
Architect: Kerry Hill Architects
Photographer: Stephen Varady
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