Legislative Assembly
Conservation and Adaptation
PERTH Western Australia

Both chambers of the House were completed in the early stages of the whole complex with only incremental changes since. With an increase in the number of Upper House seats the existing chamber could no longer accommodate all members. The entire chamber layout needed to be revised to accommodate the numbers. This provided an opportunity to address the chamber’s other short comings.

Prior to the works the chamber was not cooled, had rudimentary heating, insufficient fresh air, poor seating, inadequate AV facilities, and the gallery seating was disruptive to the proceedings of the chamber. The tradition of parliament had evolved, technology advanced, parliament is televised and expectations for working comfort conditions have changed.

The major achievements of this project were an increased seating capacity for an expanded assembly, more contemporary seating incorporating current communications technology, and integrated air conditioning that is barely visually discernible. Within the highly significant containing walls, almost every element excluding the speaker’s chair was either re-designed or modified, including newly designed carpets, adjustable seating, desks, and new seating to the gallery.

The project delivered all the clients requirements and unified the presentation of the chamber in an elegant manner.

The project received a Commendation for Interior Design in the 2007 WA Architecture Award