St George’s Cathedral Airlocks

Perth, Western Australia, 2010-2012

Palassis Architects have been heritage architects to the Cathedral since 2007 and as part of a staged implementation of the Cathedral’s Master Plan, designed and implemented the Airlocks project, designed to address issues of light, noise and wind.

The first phase of the project involved the supply and installation of five glazed interior Airlocks, each incorporating specially commissioned bespoke pull handles.  The Airlocks and doors have been designed to fit into existing lancet arched architraves, with three different existing opening types internally. Cast in white brass with a red bronze inlay to compliment the existing materials palette of the historic building, the handles were designed by a local artisan jeweller Bethamy Linton, and handcrafted by metalworker Daniel Gentle.

Consequent to the installation of the Airlocks, the second phase of the project involved modification of the existing door configuration to incorporate new stained glass fanlights, and the installation of new vertically planked timber doors, allowing increased levels of natural light and greater flexibility for functions and services.

The project budget was modest, but the outcome for the Cathedral is an elegant and beautifully crafted solution to long-standing environmental problems.

Program
  • New works
Client

Anglican Archdiocese of Perth

Status
  • Complete
Roles
  • Design, documentation and administration of new works
Awards
  • 2014 Australian Institute of Architects (WA Chapter) Western Australian Heritage Awards – Commendation