Appreciate the History of COMO The Treasury in Perth, Western Australia
On October 2015, COMO Hotels and Resort opened COMO The Treasury in Perth, Western Australia as the company’s fifth property which represents a historic moment for an iconic quarter at the state capital’s beating heart.
COMO The Treasury occupies a group of late Victorian stone and brick buildings in Perth known as the ‘State Buildings’, which have played an important role in the city’s history for the past 140 years; they’ve served variously as a post office, land titles office, and treasury. Also once home to Perth’s original seat of government, they betray in their grand architecture all the ambitions of settlers keen to make their mark. To retain the best of that heritage has cost AUS$110 million in a meticulous restoration project overseen by Kerry Hill Architects. Hill’s remit has encompassed not only the entire Cathedral Square redevelopment on Cathedral Avenue, but also the interior and exterior of this new COMO hotel.
For some time, Perth’s burgeoning local economy has increased demand for a more sophisticated hub to serve the needs of both residents and visitors. The evolution of hipster clubs and cool cafes on nearby Northbridge indicates the shift in tone, as well as the luxury lures of St Georges Terrace adjacent to the hotel. The new precinct represents the apogee of that trend: a centre for culture, art, community and style. In the precinct’s renovation and conversion, Hill has artfully combined not just tradition, but also modernity.
The hotel’s 48 modern rooms are spread over four floors. The architecture includes columns and bold, cantilevered balconies designed in flamboyant neo-Renaissance style. Looking over the plaza, guests of the hotel get to use these balconies as they would have been used a century ago, with the city’s most impressive landmarks on display. The restoration project has returned 95 per cent of the buildings to their 19th-century origins, including the re-installation of dormer windows and Victorian roofs finished with copper trimmings. Where there was no heritage to follow, the architects have been confidently modern, with the introduction of materials including steel frames and glass.
In keeping with the sense of importance these early colonists attached to their new city, Hill has also retained all the interior’s grandeur; he 19th-century feel has an inspiring, mood-lifting feel. To this and other public areas, Hill has added a mix of subtle colours, bespoke furniture and hand-knotted rugs to create a genuine contemporary energy. The bedrooms are very large, each different, with the shape dictated by the building’s existing bones. All rooms are quiet, serene retreats with acoustic technology to ensure not a whisper escapes. To learn more about COMO The Treasury and other COMO properties, visit www.comohotels.com/en/thetreasury.