Home' Scoop Homes and Art : SHAA 34 Spring 2012 Contents CARLY BARRETT, CREATIVE
DIRECTOR OF OPEN HOUSE
PERTH, SAYS HER OWN FEELINGS
ABOUT THE CITY INSPIRED HER
TO SHARE THE LOVE.
“As a graduate of Architecture I often
longed for the excitement of other cities,
places where creative energy flowed into
the streets, places where design was
celebrated... and to me that just wasn’t
Perth. In 2005, I headed to London with
the intention to make my mark. I lasted
six weeks. I returned to Perth after being
totally ill-equipped to deal with the
cold weather and grey skies. I couldn’t
understand why people would de-robe
and sunbake en masse in thirteen-degree
weather... In 2006, I packed my bags and
moved to Sydney for the gritty inner
western suburbs. But by 2008, I was back.
I wondered why, after once feeling Perth
was the last place I wanted to be, I kept
coming back. Then one day it hit me...
Perth is a fantastic place to live!
Perth is a city known for fantastic
natural assets, expensive coffee and
beautiful weather. I feel that Perth has far
more complexity, interest and activity
than it is often given credit for, both locally
and abroad. Last year, I won a national
architecture award for emerging architects,
The Dulux Study Tour prize (DST), along
with four other ‘young’ architects. It was
the first thing I had won since a division
five windfall of $32.43 back in 2001. For
me this was a massive turning point. The
DST gave me the opportunity to meet
Victoria Thornton, founder of Open House.
I had often heard about Open House from
friends, but never had the opportunity to
go to one. Immediately I was taken aback
by her passion for design and advocacy.
Open House was born from a desire to
make architecture and design accessible to
people, which sounds revolutionary, but it
made me think: isn’t that what architecture
and design are all about... people?
There are close to 60 people devoting
their time, money and energy to Open
House Perth. We have a highly dedicated
team, from the board to committee groups,
each person deserving the utmost praise for
their time and enthusiasm. Collectively we
see that there are so many amazing things
about Perth, and so many fantastic people
invested in seeing it reach its potential.”
Perth was the last place I wanted to be, (but) I kept coming
back. Then one day it hit me... Perth is a fantastic place to live!
Enjoy a sneak peek at the development that everyone’s talking
about! The newly created Perth Arena is seen here as an artist’s
impression, but you can see the real deal.
Get a taste for eco-friendly construction at The
DurackCentre on Victoria Avenue, which is WA’s
first 6-star Green Star awarded building.
The First Church of Christ, Scientist on St Georges Terrace is
one of the striking architectural delights opening its doors to the
public as part of the Open House initiative.
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