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    Editor’s picks: Highlights of Open House Perth 2017

    Nicholas Rider

    Perth will once again open the doors to its most architecturally significant sites, as part of Open House Perth.

    Taking place this weekend (11 to 12 November), the 2017 program features over 100 buildings and locations across the full breadth of the city. This includes more than 40 new additions to the program from last year.

    Among the list of buildings that will open their thresholds to the public are “several homes that show it’s not about how much space you have, but how you use it”. On show will be a demonstration of how implementing reclaimed materials, small blocks and landscaping can help architects make the most of their context and its readily available materials to harness passive design principles.

    With only a couple of days until Open House Perth weekend kicks off, we’ve put together a few of our favourite buildings to get you started.


    Brickworks-Design-Studio-2.jpgImage: Brickworks Australia 

    When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
    Where: 67 King Street, Perth

    The Brickworks Design Studio on King Street will be transformed into a pseudo-gallery space over the Open House Perth weekend, exhibiting photographs from Perth architectural photographer, Dion Robeson. On display will be photographs of local architectural projects featuring the use of Austral Bricks. The studio was designed by Fratelle Group.


    houseA.jpgImage: Whispering Smith

    When: Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 2pm
    Where: 33 Scalby Street, Scarborough

    House A – designed by Whispering Smith – is the first of three carbon-neutral dwellings in Scarborough. The home, a three-storey “mini-tower” with garage beneath and a loft on top, has been made from high recycled content concrete panels and whitewashed recycled brick.


    qv1-Image-Joel-Barbitta.jpgPhotography by Joel Barbitta 

    When: Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm
    Where: 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth

    Designed by architect Harry Seidler, this 40-storey tower won a multitude of state and national design awards upon its completion in 1991. The focus of this building is the people’s plaza, a public space with a waterfall, palm trees and a meandering pool that sit amidst a cacophony of city commerce.


    with_architecture.jpgImage: With_Architecture

    When: Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 2pm
    Where: 346 William Street, Perth

    With_Architecture Studio is the only architecture practice in Australia to be certified carbon-neutral. Located in a recently converted Northbridge warehouse, the studio design provides a flexible and collaborative working space, a small gallery for contemporary art, and large presentation spaces.


    site_product_detail_aiawachapteroffices11.jpgImage: Mondoluce

    When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
    Where: 33 Broadway, Nedlands

    The building was originally designed and built as a showroom for furniture designer David Foulkes-Taylor by architect Julius Elischer in 1965. In 2005, it was purchased by the Institute of Architects, and now houses both the Institute and the Architects Board of WA.


    ExplodingShed.jpgPhotography by Dion Robeson 

    When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
    Where: 117b West Parade, Mount Lawley

    Built in the backyard of a sub-divided bungalow property, this one-bed, one-bath home by David Weir Architects fulfils the goal of a simple suburban residence while respecting its place and location. The materials used inside and out split the building into weatherboard cottage and corrugated studio.


    susinsubi.jpgImage: Paul Wellington and Elizabeth Karol 

    When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
    Where: 199 Hamersley Road, Subiaco

    This house has been designed by Paul Wellington and Elizabeth Karol using passive design principles – for instance, careful orientation, appropriate shading devices, significant use of insulation, the use of thermal mass and extensive cross-ventilation. The majority of the structure and cladding was prefabricated offsite to reduce material waste during construction. 


    hismajestystheatre.jpgPhotography by Robert Garvey 

    When: Sunday, 10am – 4pm
    Where: 825 Hay Street, Perth

    Designed by William G. Wolf, His Majesty's Theatre is an Edwardian Baroque theatre which was constructed between 1902 to 1904, during Perth's gold rush period.  When the theatre was opened, it was the largest in Australia, with seating for over 2,500 people. It is also thought to be the first reinforced concrete building constructed in Perth.


    Image: City of Perth Library 

    When: Sunday, 12 – 4pm
    Where: 573 Hay Street, Perth

    Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, the City of Perth Library features 3,500 square metres of floor area and features a triple-storey reading room, AV/multi-function meeting rooms, a green wall, and a double-height winter garden for the children’s area. For the Open House Perth program, the architects will present two talks to explain their approach to the project.


    curtinfamilyhome.jpgImage: National Trust of WA

    When: Sunday, 1 – 4pm
    Where: 24 Jarrad Street, Cottesloe

    This house was home to former prime minister, John Curtin. His home remained a refuge for him during rare wartime visits to Perth before his death during office in 1945. Four generations of Curtin’s extended family lived here before it was purchased by the Australian and Western Australian governments in 1998.

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