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Among Australia’s best Brutalist designs
Sitting dramatically in the centre of our cultural precinct, the Art Gallery of WA is a striking example of late Brutalist architecture.
Designed by Polish born Perth architect Charles Sierakowski, the Art Gallery was opened in 1979 by then Premier Sir Charles Court to mark the 150th anniversary of the State's foundation.
From its original build and ongoing additions, thousands of locally made Besser Blocks were produced. Then, in 2011 a major external refurbishment commenced which involved Midland Brick manufacturing over 30,000 matching blocks, including a series of special angled shapes for the unique hexagonal design.
Recognised as among Australia's best Brutalist designs, the Art Gallery stands like new for all West Australians to enjoy.
Project: The Art Gallery of WA
Year Opened: 1979
Lead Architect: Charles Sierakowski – Public Works Department WA
Consulting Architects: Summerhayes and Associates
Image sourced from Wikimedia Commons