Commercial & Hospitality

State Buildings and COMO The Treasury

Located in the heart of Perth's CBD, the State Buildings heritage regeneration project has transformed a collection of notable civic buildings to create an internationally acclaimed cultural destination.

The State Buildings are now home to the multi-award-winning COMO The Treasury, COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, Wildflower, Petition, Halford Bar, Post, Long Chim and many other commercial outlets.

Status Completed 2015
Location Perth CBD
Partners FJM Property
Overview
15,000m2

total floor area

48

room luxury hotel

17

hospitality and retail venues

Project Background

The three interconnected buildings, known as the State Buildings, lay empty and unused for nearly two decades before being reimagined and reinvigorated.

Over their 140-year history, the State Buildings (formerly known as the Old Treasury Buildings) have been used as public offices, a police court and cellblock, Treasury, Survey Department, GPO, immigration offices, Office of the Premier and Cabinet, Lands Department and titles building. However, towards the end of the 20th century, the buildings were vacated and stood empty for nearly two decades.

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Recognition (Selected Awards)

AIA - George Temple Poole Award (2016)

AIA - Margaret Pitt Morison Heritage Award (2016)

AIA - Architecture Award for Interior Architecture (2016)

AIA - Architecture Award for Heritage Architecture (2016)

Property Council of Australia Best Heritage Development (2017)

Condé Nast Traveller 2nd Best Hotel in the World (2016)

Condé Nast Traveller Best Hotel in Australia and NZ (2016, 2017, 2018)

Forbes Travel Guide’s 2019 World’s Best Hotel Rooms

Project Details

One of the fundamental design principles was to ‘return’ the buildings to the public through creating a series of well-designed public places on the ground floor.

After some 15 years of complex planning discussions with successive state governments, we established our world-leading design team, including Kerry Hill Architects and Spaceagency. 

The focus of the project was to maintain as much heritage fabric as possible and further reinstate any heritage characteristics that had been lost over time. On completion of the project, 95 percent of the original buildings were maintained, with almost all original lost elements reinstated.

The project called for a sustainable approach in all areas, including adaptive repurposing of heritage buildings and materials.

  • Double glazing for reduced energy consumption
  • Sensor systems to reduce energy consumption
  • Perth’s first tri-generation system 
  • Ongoing management of 10 retail tenancies and seven hospitality venues