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    Kerry Hill designs 'museum in the sky' for Perth

    Lucy Marrett

    Award winning architect Kerry Hill has won a competition to design a new mixed-use development in Perth’s Elizabeth Quay.

    The $385 million development consists of two tower elements that are comprised of a hotel and serviced apartments, a residential building, a covered plaza, and dining and retail options. The design was selected by a panel of independent architectural experts from a pool of entries.

    A key aspect of the development is the residential apartment tower. Designed in a slender form as a contrast to the rest of the project, the resi tower is envisioned as an emblematic and defining structure.

    It will be wrapped in a transparent, high quality silver glass punctured by sections of operable panels and winter gardens which break up the otherwise large continuous uninterrupted surface. The tower is set to hold approximately 300 apartments of varying sizes from studios to three bedrooms and penthouses. 

    Occupying the top level of the Southern building apartment tower will be the public high-rise art museum and public viewing area. Designed for public access the museum will be 170 metres high with a full 360° view across Perth, to Rottnest and beyond.

    Hill’s successful design comes off the back of an already notable year for the architect who took home two awards earlier this year. Two of his city projects both won prestigious George Temple Poole awards at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 WA Architecture Awards. This was the first year that two projects were both given the top honour of the award.

    Hill’s success at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 WA Architecture Awards was only further boosted by the news that he has also made the national shortlist in the 2016 National Architecture Awards. A judge’s decision has yet to be made.

    Construction is expected to commence 2017 and is due for completion late 2019.

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