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As one of Australia’s most significant post-war modernist commercial buildings,
the design of the interior office refurbishment of Council House was sensitive
and respectful to its heritage.
urora Project Group, partnering with
City of Perth and Geyer, refurbished
multiple floors within the iconic
Council House building with the aim of
increasing the interior efficiency across all floors,
and providing a more collaborative and productive
working environment for its employees.
The City of Perth required a shift in workplace
standards. Through detailed consultation and
spatial planning, a comprehensive prototype
It was important to the client to increase
the amount of natural light penetration on each
floor, which meant a shift toward open plan, with
workspaces and meeting rooms located along the
perimeter and offices located down the centre of
the rectangular floor plate.
A state-of-the-art storeroom to house the
City’s prestigious art collection, new server room
inclusive of city-wide CCTV and parking services,
and 3000sqm of new office accommodation are
just some of the highlights of this project.
A particular focus was placed on the material
selection, with considerable effort made to use
original heritage finishes where possible.
European-designed and manufactured (under
license) Topakustik panels were chosen based
on the original timber panelling in the council
chambers. The intention with the selection of
finishes was to work within the building’s original
palette. Where possible the original early 1960s
furniture has been retained, mixed with new
Scandinavian furniture to complement.
AURORA PROJECT GROUP
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