Kerry Hill’’s State Theatre opens in Perth

Jan 31, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor
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The long-awaited $100 million State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, designed by Kerry Hill Architects, has opened in Perth.

Premier Colin Barnett described the building as an “elegant architectural and civic landmark” for Perth, and one that would play an important role in the regeneration of the city and building a sense of place and identity in the Perth Cultural Centre.

The Governor of Western Australia, Ken Michael, and Mr Barnett opened the building at a ceremony on Thursday 27 January.

Singapore-based Kerry Hill Architects won the design competition for the new centre in November 2005, with the firm’s design selected from over 40 designs submitted for the centre. Construction began in 2006, with development carried out in consultation with an advisory panel of more than 70 specialists.

The $100 million centre encompasses the 575-seat Heath Ledger Theatre, a 200+ seat flexible performance space called Studio Underground, a multi-purpose outdoor space, associated rehearsal rooms and public foyer spaces as well as state-of-the-art theatre equipment.

Each of the theatres within the centre are stacked, creating space for the outdoor performance area. The Heath Ledger Theatre features curving timber surfaces, while foyer spaces feature dramatic metallic finishes and the Studio Underground is clad in black metal. The practice describes its design as “deliberately contemporary in expression,” with spaces articulated by form and material.

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