I went along to the State Theatre open day on Sunday, along with a lot of other architects, tourists and interested sticky-beaks. As much as I wanted to love this building, as I have watched it evolve from the grand viewpoint of the train, I just didn’t feel it. Some elements were great – the timber panelling around the Heath Ledger Theatre is gorgeous (shame it had to be Tasmanian!) and the gold bars suspended from the foyer ceiling provide a beautiful sense of grandeur. Considering how many people were in there and the muggy hot day it was, the space coped quite well with only a minimal amount of floor mounted a/c vents. (Look out for Marilyn impersonators!) And the amount of natural light was really effective, with sunshade blinds and filmed windows. I also actually liked the bare brick flooring of the lower level and the bareness of this floor’s fitout. So what was my problem? Tall poppy syndrome? Perhaps, I’m honestly not quite sure. I think it might be simply the time and day I visited. I think most of us can tell this is going to be a magnificent building at night, with the glowing fly tower and glittering golden facade. It certainly is grand and theatrical, with gold ceiling, gold stairs, gold carpet. But I think during the day it doesn’t really relate as well. Which maybe it never has to, so that is fine. I think I wanted it to relate to Northbridge a bit better, with perhaps a daytime use available (other than the very hot looking bare courtyard) and some more connection to James St and the Cultural Centre. So I guess really my ‘objections’ are with the brief, the architecture itself is really well done – now I’ll just have to go check it out at night to get the proper feeling. Did anyone else go? What did you think?