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The Swan Bells

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Identification

The Swan Bells
Perth Bell Tower, Swan Bells Tower, Bell Tower
108665

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Structure in General

clock/bell tower
existing [completed]
copper
curtain wall
modernism

Facts

  • The Swan Bells represents part of the Barrack Square redevelopment, situated on Perth's Swan River.
  • The tower is one of the largest musical instrument in the world.
  • The spire is made from glass and is 80 metres (262 feet) high.
  • The 18 bells collectively weigh around 9 tonnes and emit so much noise that sound is controlled and directed by movable louvers and doors.
  • The bell chamber is six-storeys in height, was cast in situ from reinforced concrete and is enveloped in copper 'sails' and glass.
  • The building is so-called both because of its siting on the Swan River and because the symbol of Western Australia is the black swan.
  • Tower houses the historic bells of London's St. Martin-in-the-Fields gifted to the people of Western Australia by the UK to celebrate the Bicentennial.
  • Originally the full height was 120 meters, however the project was scaled back due to community angst regarding public financing.

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Location

Barrack Square
6000
Perth
Western Australia
Australia

Technical Data

269.03 ft
269.03 ft
82.02 ft
77.10 ft
77.10 ft
8
1999
2000

Involved Companies

Hames Sharley

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