“Our design proposal aims to recognize and celebrate the heritage fabric of the remaining structures whilst inserting a series of new volumes to create a composition which is balanced and suited to the needs of a contemporary hospitality venue.”
Hunt Architects acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and conduct our business.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present. We value their continuing culture and contribution to the life of our nation, regions and cities.
New Life for Pinjarra’s Exchange Hotel
The rejuvenation of the Exchange Hotel is poised to invigorate Pinjarra and position it as a regional icon.
The Exchange Hotel in Pinjarra is on the brink of a major transformation. The historic property, originally the home of the Bedingfeld family constructed in 1866, was converted to a pub in 1871 and named the Exchange Hotel, on account of a land and property exchange between Dr. Bedingfeld and Mr. James Greenacre. The Exchange Hotel was rumoured to be the oldest continuously operating pub in Western Australia when it closed its doors in 2008.
It is located on the picturesque banks of the Bilya Maadjit (Murray River) on the traditional lands of the Binjareb people of the Noongar Nation. We acknowledge their continuing connection to this place and pay our respects to the elders, past and present and their ongoing contribution to the culture and life of this region. This exciting new hospitality venue is due to open its doors in 2024.
The design of the new structures are lightweight and transparent to contrast with the mass and solidity of the existing brick heritage structures, creating a composition of solids and voids interwoven with bars, dining spaces, function rooms and a new kitchen.
The venue will have a capacity of 600 people spread across the internal and external spaces. The design has carefully planned the spaces to connect with a series of external courtyards and gardens enriching the connection to place and blurring the boundaries between inside and out.
Peeling back layers and finishes to reveal the past. Paying homage to its past, the interiors draws distinction between old and new whilst creating a seamless sequence of spaces both large and intimate.
Tuned to their specific context, each having a distinctive character, from the urban cloistered courtyard of the George Street arrival to the cascading landscape terraced gardens leading to the Bilya Maadjit (Murray River).