City of Perth Library
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The exterior of this seven-level building captures imaginations just as easily as the books stored within. Completed earlier this year, it took out the top prize at the 2016 WA Architecture Awards. It combines the heritage of Cathedral Square with modern curves and is full of natural light.
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The arena, which opened in 2012, is one of the most distinctive buildings in the city. It seats 15,500 people and has a modern, quirky exterior that’s earned it nicknames such as the “crumpled beer can” and “Optimus Prime” (after the Transformers character). The arena also has the largest array of solar panels in Perth.
The Bell Tower
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Overlooking the Swan River, the Bell Tower is home to the 12 St Martin-in-the-Fields bells that were presented to Perth and Western Australia by the UK during Australia’s bicentenary in 1988. The tall glass and copper spire is an iconic attraction, both from the ground and from the top.
Perth Concert Hall
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Built in 1973, the home of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra showcases a brutalist architecture style, featuring raw and repeated elements. Try to listen to a performance inside once you’ve surveyed the outer building – the acoustics are proclaimed to be among the best in the Southern Hemisphere.
108 St Georges Terrace
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You know you’re looking at the Perth skyline when you can see the silhouette of this 52-storey tower. It incorporates the heritage-listed Palace Hotel building (built in the 1890s during the gold rush) that’s now home to offices.