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ARCHITECTURE

Designed by architects Jeffery Howlett and Don Bailey, the Perth Concert Hall was the first
concert hall to be built in Australia after World War II. Its construction and completion was
carried out by Sabemo (WA) with its doors opening to the public on Australia Day (January
26) 1973.
Serving as a prime example of the ‘brutalist’ mid-century classical architecture, its exterior is
characterised by an innovative use of white off-form concrete.
Centred by a winding staircase, its interior is laid with a bold red carpet. The auditorium
seats 1,729 people and houses a 3,000 pipe organ.
Noted as being a structure that was completely innovative for its time, it was recognised at
the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects National Awards, and received the ‘Enduring
Architecture Award’. The jury of the awards described the building to be “… hung from
itself, creating enormous free spans and all from one beautifully poured material.”
In recent years, (2017 / 2018) improvements to the Perth Concert Hall have been
implemented, including the lighting system which saw major upgrades to the auditorium
and façade lighting.

ARTISTS

Renowned for having one of the finest acoustics in the southern hemisphere, Perth Concert
Hall has had many star studded performers set foot on its stage, from great classical
ensembles The London, Chicago and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras to some of the world’s
best contemporary artists including; Ray Charles, PJ Harvey, Nina Simon, Sting, Tim Minchin,
KD Lang and many more.
The venue continues to host a huge number of diverse performances and events all year
round – including, but not limited to, popular music, comedy, classical music and talks.
Currently the home of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), Perth Concert Hall
will host over 50 performances with the Orchestra in 2019.

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