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The Office of the Premier and Cabinet Room | Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland OFFICE DESIGN
ombining heritage buildings,
contemporary accommodation and
landscape, the Office of the Premier
and Cabinet Room project provides a
wonderful opportunity to welcome guests into
a uniquely West Australian environment.
The venture has given Cox Howlett & Bailey
Woodland the chance to bring back to life an old
building with the delivery of a new built form.
The careful marriage of old and new creates a
unique environment and provides a great exemplar
for the adaptive re-use of existing building assets.
It also represents Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland’s
attitude to reinventing existing buildings
and structures that, from both a heritage and
sustainability standpoint, is a responsibility the
team feels it must meet.
It was important to keep in mind that this
place is where most of the key decisions for the
State’s future are made. The social hub of the
courtyard caters to the need for an environment
that supports the opportunity of exchange for the
people making those decisions.
Visual contact with the surrounding landscape,
sky and city provides a sense of real context to
the building’s purpose, while overall the place
promotes optimism and well-being for those
who work there, as well as a sense of place and
ownership for the community.
Rather than being secreted away, the presence
of Cabinet Offices are transparent to everyone in
an open and welcoming setting, offering children
the opportunity to visit and learn about this aspect
of the government face-to-face.
Photography: Alison Paine.
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