Legislative Assembly

Western Australia
Conservation, Adaptation, and Interior Design

Architectural, interior, and expert heritage advice.

Western Australian Architecture Awards
Commendation - Interior Architecture - 2009

The project expanded the chamber seating capacity, provided a new interior setting of the assembly floor, and seamlessly integrated air conditioning in a very sensitive and highly visible room.

Both chambers were completed in the early stages of the construction of the whole complex and had only had incremental changes since completion. The tradition of parliament has evolved, technology has 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 speakers chair was either re-designed or modified, including newly designed carpets, adjustable seating, desks and new seating to the gallery. Lines of site were much improved and the visual confusion of the old decorative scheme made much more elegenic.

The first stage of Parliament House was constructed to designs by John H. Grainger and built between 1902 and 1904. The east side of the house was not completed until 1958-64.

The place is on the State Register of Heritage Places