Council House

Address: 27/29 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
Phone: 08 9461 3333

Tags: lighting, architecture

Council House is a 13-storey office building set beside Stirling Gardens on St Georges Terrace in Perth Western Australia. The 47.9-metre (157 ft) building was designed by Howlett and Bailey Architects and opened by The Queen in 1963 after Perth hosted the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. For most of its history, it has served as the headquarters for the City of Perth.

The building is recognised throughout Australian as one of the finest examples of 1960s ‘minimalist modern’ office buildings in the country.

There were a number of details incorporated in the design that attracted particular attention at the time of construction. The area on which Council House, Perth stands is floored with local grey Mundaring granite and the building was designed so that natural and artificial lighting has maximum visual effect, both internally and externally.

The uninterrupted floor to ceiling double glazing provides the building occupants with spectacular views of the city and the river, while the building has a unique appearance of transparency, particularly at night, prompting one journalist to write that ‘it has the effect of a glittering diamond in the city when night falls.’

The tiled T-shaped sunshades quickly became the subject of comical references to one particular Lord Mayor. Located at floor level on each storey and installed like stage lights, concealed illumination lit up the drawn venetian blinds giving a stark and dramatic effect on the sun hoods and fins, which appeared to stand end-on-end up the four walls of the building.

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