Song Bird

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Catch a Peek at the award-winning Palassis Architects’ design, The Cadogan Song School, which opens briefly this week for an exclusive architecture tour.






The Cadogan Song School was just recognised with the prestigious National Award for Heritage.

The project by Palassis Architects took out the award at the recent Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards 2018.  “The Cadogan Song School inserts a lyrical set of forms that are in keeping with the built heritage of the precinct while clearly enunciating a contemporary place for heavenly song,” the Award’s jury said.


Home to the St George’s Cathedral choir, the two-storey building is part of the historic Cathedral Square precinct in Perth’s CBD.

The Cadogan Song School artfully recognises the built heritage of the precinct while remaining a clearly defined and welcome contemporary addition to the grand line up of historic buildings surrounding it – St George’s Cathedral, Burt Memorial Hall, Church House and the Deanery.


The jury commended Palassis Architects’ impressive consideration of form, use of material, and the scale of the intimate oak-lined singing hall within the precinct.

It features sculptural vaulted arches and a “tuning fork” spire reference both in the lancet windows of the cathedral and the choirmaster’s instrument, which provides cover to an expressed corkscrew stairwell. The transparency of the glazed structure ensures that important view lines towards the Ascalon sculpture have been preserved.


The new two storey concrete and glass building is partly subterranean, in order to minimise the building’s footprint.

“Underneath lies the subterranean Song School proper, crypt-like in its volume and character, thoughtfully distinguishing its contemporary nature by way of careful material selection,” the jury said. “The school sits within the foundations of the cathedral and Burt Memorial Hall, allowing the program to make a considered impact on the visual definition of the eastern elevations.”


Fancy a glimpse inside The Cadogan Song School on a private tour with the Australian Institute of Architects?

The WA Chapter will opening the School this Friday, December 14, from 2-3pm. The tour will be free for members and $25 for Non-members. Reserve your place by dropping a line to


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