King Street Ascension
Location: Perth CBD
Status: Completed 2014
Awards: AIA (WA Chapter) Commendation for Small Project Architecture 2015
Via a portal from the street, you are invited to ascend to the first floor, to be skimmed from the surface and transported… to the light.
The project re-introduces a space to King St. that has been disconnected; revealing a hidden treasure. Creates drama in the transition experience; the ‘primo piano’ is the new black. Respects the original building; new work is a legible intervention in historic fabric, to prolong its on going relevance and celebrate its past.
The new staircase and glass elevator provide ‘universal access’ from the street to the first floor tenancy and are inserted into the old warehouse building with a clear delineation between old and new. The sculptural stair is proposed as a theatrical device to create drama and delight in connecting with a forgotten space, while the glass elevator is a flamboyant ‘Willy Wonka’ moment.
The simple and honest expression of material and finish transcends the mundane, practical demands of the clients brief; to provide first floor access and transform the disused, disconnected first floor into an attractive, desirable space for commercial lease, independent of the ground floor tenancy with respect to access, services and amenities.