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The stately sandstone Royal Insurance
Building with its triple-arched
portico spent years empty and
derelict as part of the previous City Square.
Thanks to its refurbishment as part of the
multi-million-dollar Brookfield Place
development, it’s enjoying a new lease on
life as a hot addition to Perth’s social circuit.
Oliver Lindsell, interior design associate
at Roxby Architects, says this group
of heritage buildings was a passion for
tenants and restaurateurs Paul and Lynn
Wolkowinski. “They conceived a vision to
instill a new class of establishment on the
site, modelled on the grand brasseries of
Paris and London,” he says.
Armed with a list of benchmark venues,
from the Brasserie Lipp on Boulevard Saint-
Germain to the Wolseley in Mayfair, the best
course of action was to get on a plane and
experience the establishments first hand.
The whistle-stop tour of bars, brasseries and
bistros culminated in a look book of ideas,
from the elegant to the eclectic.
“Naturally, Paris offered the greatest
inspiration, with a plethora of art
deco brasseries such as Le Dome in
Montparnasse, Fleur de Lys and Brasserie
Lipp,” says Oliver. “Pewter bar tops,
Perth’s cultural landscape is being brought to life with stylish new
establishments igniting the nightlife. Perth’s latest offering – The
Heritage Brasserie, Bar and Boardroom – shows how swanky
cosmopolitan interiors can exist within traditional architecture
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carved timber paneling and ornate light
fittings were the key elements shared
among these, which defined their
distinctive look and feel.”
Paul and Lynn’s son, Edward, bid the
split level fitout also include a basement
bar inspired by the candle-lit ‘speakeasy’
drinking dives of New York in the 1920s.
It contributes intrigue to the glamorous
establishment as a separately branded part
of the Heritage site. However, prohibition
bars proved a greater challenge to research
on tour because they are notoriously difficult
to find and often cater to members only.
“The Experimental Cocktail Club in Rue
Saint-Sauveur, and Milk and Honey in
London’s Soho were great examples of this
growing trend for dimly lit secret bars,”
On their return, they began translating
their ideas into quality, authentic fitouts.
“We wanted to ensure the finishes
would stand apart from the ‘brasserie-
themed’ franchises that have cheapened
the genre,” explains Oliver. “We also
needed to satisfy the Heritage Council,
who were looking to preserve the building
and interpret as much of the fabric of the
interior as possible.”
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