"Because we had such a huge expanse of roof, the obvious choice was zinc this material is not highly reflective and ages naturally to a soft grey," says Etherington.
These tones also fitted in with the restrained colours of soft grey, cream and silver, which are found both on the outer cladding of the building and throughout the internal spaces. Inside, most of the spaces are exhibition halls, so they are, in fact, fairly featureless boxes.
"But the volumes in The Perth Centre are so dramatic that visitors are impressed by the scale and size of the halls, even though no attempt has been made to be lavish or extravagant. Such deliberate understatement ensures the exhibition halls are simply a backdrop on which exhibitors are able to make their own mark," says Etherington.
The generously proportioned public spaces, on the other hand, are far more interesting architecturally. As an example, the fully glazed walls in the ballroom function and foyer areas allow visitors to enjoy views over the city.
Meeting rooms are designed to accommodate a wide range of events, and the light-filled ballroom caters for up to 2000 people. If required, however, the glazed walls can be shuttered for special events and with operable walls, the space can be closed up to form several smaller areas.