Western Australia Ballet Centre

Western Australia
Conservation and Adaptation

Full architectural and heritage services.

Western Australian Heritage Awards
Winner - The Gerry Gauntlett Award - 2013
Western Australian Architecture Awards
Commendation - Commendation for Heritage - 2013

A very important Art Deco building was saved from destruction, conserved and adapted to become the Western Australia’s Ballet Centre.

In the first instance Griffiths Architects were to provide heritage advice and to explore the adaptation of the place for residential use.

Subsequently and in collaboration with Sandover Pinder, Griffiths Architects, conserved and adapted the building for the West Australian Ballet Centre with rehearsal and performance space, wardrobe, administration, accommodation together and a café.

The whole of the exterior was conserved and all of the major internal spaces to remain intact. The building has become a major asset for the arts in WA.

The remaining section of the Royal West Australian Institute for the Blind was completed in 1937 to designs by A.E. (Paddy) Clare and extended in 1955.

The place was closed in 2005. The 1937-55 buildings were retained for adaptive re-use.

The place is on the State Register of Heritage Places.