Handwerk delivered a very complicated and detailed fit-out of various components of the State Buildings in Perth. The buildings hold the highest level of heritage significance within the State of Western Australia. Steffen and the team delivered precision work in a very efficient and timely manner under difficult circumstances. The restaurants have now been operational for several years and remain in as high quality of condition today, as they were when they were built.
Kyle Jeavons, FJM Property
Long Chim was design by Michael Patroni and Space Agency. Handwerk delivered the cabinetry, shelving, bars, other finishing touches.
Space Agency developed an intricate, detail-orientated design which incorporated many exotic materials and finishes. Handwerk is always keen to work with eco-friendly materials, and are passionate about recycling and reusing materials, and this job gave us an opportunity to do just that.
In this complex project, Handwerk crafted all the bar tops from eco-friendly Australian-made Paperock – a unique material made from resin and recycled paper. Handwerk is the preferred West Australian installer for Paperock.
The front of the Long Chim bar is clad in all brass panel – the architect specified aged brass. We spent days experimenting with countless chemicals before we finally hit upon the perfect ‘brass-ageing solution’ – a great example of typical Handwerk problem solving. To keep the noise of this busy restaurant at bay, we built and installed accoustic ceiling panels throughout, all made in eco-friendly Autex Cube.
A particular highlight of this job was building the curved velvet lounges in the VIP room. Handwerk also crafted the leather bench seat in the front bar, and the main outside seating area (made from recycled ironbark). Ironbark is incredibly hard timber, but has excellent properties for continual outdoor use. The black strips in the timber benches were achieved by ebonising – an age-old woodworking technique.
The Long Chim project had a very short build time and, with everything having to come through the same door into the basement, contractors were all scrambling to get things done. Handwerk delivered our part ahead of schedule, and then helped out where we could to get this project over line on time.
We enjoyed every minute of it this inspiring project! To read more about the unusual finishes we achieved, and design-obstacles we solved in this iconic Perth project, please read our blog article Legendary Long Chim.