“I hope this is okay: it’s so hard to pick just five.” That was the reply from Carly Barrett when Broadsheet asked the director of Open House Perth for her highlights from this year’s program.
Open House Perth, for the uninitiated, sees some of Perth’s most exciting architectural spaces open their doors to the public for the weekend. Since the inaugural Open House Perth in 2012, the festival has given thousands of design enthusiasts access to everything from residential homes to forward-thinking hospitality venues. With more than 90 venues participating in this year’s event, expect that figure to continue rising steadily.
Global design firm Woods Bagot has given this iconic site on the corner of St Georges Terrace and William Street – formerly The Palace Hotel – a new lease of life. What was a building with a dated 1980s pastel interiors has been transformed into a great example of how contemporary design and Heritage architecture can be combined. Some of the highlights include original intricate timber features, original furniture, artwork by local artists and designer furniture and lights that will inspire you to redecorate immediately, if not sooner.
The Beach Box
The Beach Box is a new home in one of Perth’s most fabulous suburbs designed and owned by architect Gavin Hestelow. Inspired by traditional beach shacks, the home incorporates both unusual and luxurious materials in a unique, modern plan. The home includes large sculptural spaces with a gallery separating two wings.
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Designed by architects Adrian Iredale and Caroline Di Costa, this is one of the state’s most innovative homes. It includes a secret staircase and a glowing white box that acts as a “Kalgoorlie Safe” to sustainably cool the house. Iredale and Di Costa have an enviable collection of contemporary art and furniture and have cleverly incorporated original 1970s tiles into the design to prove daggy can be cool. The home has rear laneway access that will host fun activities during the Open House Perth weekend.
Working with an existing Heritage structure, Soda Apartments mixes old and new and features large-scale street art. The courtyard spaces are highlights of the apartment building while clever kitchens and bathrooms are sure to inspire. The apartments are a great example of innovative apartment design and proves that quality of space is more important than quantity. Its location on a leafy street close to the city demonstrates why more people are downsizing to be close to the action. The project was designed by local architects, Gresley Abas.
Built on what was originally swamp lands, Gloucester Park has retained some incredible design features from the late 1920s. Few grand structures from this period remain in Western Australia: we feel it’s important to celebrate the architectural and cultural significance of Perth’s great buildings. Guided tours of Gloucester Park will be hosted during Open House Perth weekend.
Open House Perth is on from November 12 to 13. For a full list of participating locations and opening times, visit openhouseperth.net.