Petition at the State Buildings

Category: Hospitality

Location: Perth CBD

Status: Completed 2015


AIA (WA Chapter) Architecture Award for Interior Architecture 2016

AIA (WA Chapter) Architecture Award for Heritage Architecture 2016

AIA (WA Chapter) Commendation Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture 2016

Eat Drink Design Awards – High Commendation //Best Cafe Design // Best Bar Design //2016


Project Team:

Michael Patroni

Dimmity Walker

Clayton Edwards






Robert Frith


Project Description:

Ground Floor: Petition Kitchen, Petition Beer Corner and Petition Wine bar & Merchant.

Basement: Long Chim Perth and outdoor courtyard.

The Petition venues, comprising of three distinct but related parts; ‘kitchen’, ‘beer’, ‘wine’, occupy the ground level of the old Treasury Building on Barrack St. and provide spaces that are welcoming and accessible to the wider public, to encourage diversity and vibrancy in the precinct.

The scale and elegance of the spaces and the sense of ‘faded glory’ inspired our conceptual approach; a process of revealing rather than concealing the many layers of the history of use, allowing new insertions to gleam against the muted, pared back surfaces of the old rooms.

The project incorporates the Petition venues, the Barrack St. Lobby and the courtyard, distinguished within the larger context of the State Buildings in the treatment of the built form, where the robust material pallet and raw finishes are a dramatic contrast with adjoining parts of the project such as the beautifully restored Postal Hall and the exclusive luxury of the Como Hotel.

 To enhance connectivity between the spaces large openings across the lobby were created and visual connections into and across the courtyard were established with the oversized, steel framed window in Petition Wine, while a muscular, steel stair connects the Barrack St. lobby to the basement courtyard