Rechabite Hall

Category: Hospitality

Location: Northbridge

Status: Completed Nov 2019.

Project Team:

Michael Patroni

Dimmity Walker

Alessia Mercuri

Julia Kaptein

Builder:

McCorkell Constructions

Photographer:

Marcos Silverio

Project description:

The Rechabite is a multi use performance space offering entertainment and hospitality venues within the shell of one of Perth’s grand heritage treasures.

The original Independent Order of Rechabite’s hall with magnificent barrel vault has been transformed into a unique live performance space wrapped with suspension bridge tiers over three levels.

‘Goodwill Club’ in the venue’s bunker serves contemporary dive-bar vibes and basement beats.

‘Double Rainbow’ is a fast and furious bar and eatery with an Asian feel on the ground floor off William Street.

‘Hello’, the scenic rooftop-bar serves cold brews and fresh views for miles.

The original Rechabite Hall was erected in 1925 for the Independent Order of Rechabites, a friendly society which promoted total abstinence from alcohol.

Original feature such as the staircase, tiling, ticketing booth and huge double doors are juxtaposed with finishes like prison mesh, which has been used throughout the venue, and exposed utility workings.

Illuminated artworks offset walls and panels of pressed tin that tell stories with historical smoke and fire damage proudly uncovered.

Morphing the mundane into the magical, the venue’s new lift is set in a huge 25m long cage that enables people to see cross sections of each floor as they ride from the basement to the rooftop.