Design Inspiration: Famous Buildings in WA with Timber Doors
Want to give your new timber doors a hint of old-world charm, deco design, or a striking modern profile? Drawing design inspiration from WA’s best known heritage buildings and award-winning architecture is a great place to start. From The Cloisters to Houghton Winery, here is a list of some of our favourite Western Australian landmarks with unforgettable grand timber doors.
Located at 200 St Georges Terrace in the city, The Cloisters is a heritage building first constructed in 1858 as a secondary school for boys. The beautiful brick archways frame heavy doors which lend to the grandeur of the building as a whole. It’s a great inspiration for unusually shaped door frames, showing that a frame needn’t be just a rectangular hole in the wall.
The Perth Mint
First opened in 1899, the Perth Mint is Australia’s oldest consistently operating mint. Located on Hay Street in the CBD, it features a beautiful main entry with two doors side by side in a larger frame, highlighted by the archway that leads down the front steps. It is an interesting inspiration for those considering adding a timber deck or patio to their property; there is plenty of opportunity for the two to fit together in a dynamic way.
Fremantle Town Hall
This building has remained largely unchanged since it was first opened in 1997, making it unique amongst WA’s heritage sites. The front doors are of painted timber, whilst internal doors feature new glass in timber frames. It’s a great showcase of the fact that traditional profiles can be mixed with new materials; for example, if you have a cottage-style home and you want to add a modern touch, you could consider tinted glass in a dark frame.
In phonaesthetics, ‘cellar door’ is widely considered one of the most beautiful phrases- and at Houghton Winery in WA’s Swan Valley, the beauty of this semantically dull common noun is brought to life. The solid, rectangular timber doors which lead through to the official cellars & tasting area are solid and traditional yet light in colour- a sharp contrast to the (literally) dark interior of the cellar itself. If you’re thinking of having double doors as the main entrance to your home, or at the back opening onto your yard, think about how they’ll look in context (whether or not you have timber cladding).