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port officer’s house

port officer’s house

project: Port Officer’s House

Location: Battery Point, Tasmania

Description: Port Officers House 1830s site meets 2017 on Salamanca Place

Port Officer’s House behoves that wonderful fascination… ‘What is behind that door?’

Situated on the end of a row 19th century terraces along historic Salamanca Place is a little house built on a tiny sliver of land measuring only 4 metres wide. It is the original site of the Hobart Port Officer’s residence c.1830, yet only two remnant sandstone walls remained along its boundaries. An original shed was recycled that fronts Salamanca Place now with two rusted doors and a contemporary mural depicting the Derwent River and Hunter Island – a rear-view capturing a scene prior to British colonisation. However, this impression belies what lies behind. Step inside and you enter a wonderland of intricate light-filled spaces that frame river, mountains, and sky views of Hobart.

The house is a compact arrangement of spaces carved out of convict built sandstone walls, cavernous underground rooms feature pick-marked blocks, now bathed in sunlight that descends through glass floors and skylights overhead. Main rooms lead out to expansive decks and a bedroom with a plunge bath looks into an enclosed delicate courtyard.

The result is a happy house, off-grid it is powered by solar PV panels, and whilst compact, it is expansive and filled with sparkling sunlight. The sort of place you’d want to stay in awhile, admire the harbour setting, but could also imagine having a delirious party in.

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bennell way – writer’s retreat

bennell way – writer’s retreat

project: Bennell Way – Writer’s Retreat

Location: East Launceston, Tasmania

Description: Bennell Way is a beautiful 1860s elm tree lined walkway leading from the High street down into the town centre of Launceston.

This small project pays homage to James Bennell who arrived in the colony in 1834 as a house painter, carver and guilder and became one of Australia’s first speculative builders, a decorative artist and craftsman. He is perhaps unequalled as the most prolific individual building designer and developer of the colony. The house sits at the eastern bookend to a remarkable largely intact Regency set of townhouses that Bennell developed along Welman and Adelaide streets – these handsome townhouses form arguably the largest example of Regency rowhouses in the southern hemisphere.

The design brief – fix sub-floor ventilation issues in the main living rooms, to make a simple revamp of the kitchen and add a modern but modest intervention to connect inside and outside to allow a 21century lifestyle and importantly a place to read and write.

The new intervention in the rear garden is simply a garden shed, 4 x 6m, with bespoke steel framed glazed windows. It is inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s writing retreat, it is “a place to relax, switch off, listen to music, get some sun and contemplate the garden with a good book”.

The design follows a few key heritage strategies: ensure that the new is not confused with the old, where form and scale are respectful are balanced, and at points of attachment an articulation to reduce physical and aesthetic impacts. These simple ideas make more of less, are without fuss, and allow a heritage buildings to accommodate a 21st century lifestyle and make a place of wellbeing, well into the future.

The new garden shed has had a transforming effect upon a beautiful historic house, a once cold, introverted, unhealthy building now brings renewed joy and delight to a happy home on Bennell Way.

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hatherley birrell collection

hatherley birrell collection

project: Hatherley Birrell Collection

location: Launceston, Tasmania

awards: 2017 Business Excellence Awards : Outstanding Visitor Experience
2017 Business Excellence Awards : Excellence in Marketing
2017 HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence
2016 Business Excellence Awards : Outstanding Visitor Experience
2016 Australian Institute of Architects : Peter Wilmott Award
2015 Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania : Finalist in Unique Accommodation
2014 Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania : Unique Accommodation, Bronze Award
2014 Master Builders Australia Excellence in Construction Award
2012 Gold PICA : Design:
2012 Launceston City Council Heritage Awards – Commendation

description: Rebecca and Jack Birrell have developed this accommodation, art and design fusion as an reflection of their great passion for arts tourism. Hatherley Birrell Collection is a collection of art suites, seamlessly combining heritage and contemporary architecture, each room individually curated through art and graphic design to provide an immersive, creative and exceptionally stylish experience.this unique luxury accommodation offers a highly individual and exceptionally stylish experience.

New to the collection are two garden pavilion rooms within the heritage gardens of Hatherley House. The pavilions are innovative in design, contemporary, eco-friendly retreats inspired by Chinese lanterns. Art filled and featuring moon windows within origami like roof forms, private outdoor areas complete with private outdoor bath each set within an exquisite garden setting.

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hatherley birrell collection – pods

hatherley birrell collection – pods

project: Hatherley Birrell Collection – Pods

location: Launceston, Tasmania

awards: 2017 Business Excellence Awards : Outstanding Visitor Experience
2017 Business Excellence Awards : Excellence in Marketing
2017 HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence
2016 Business Excellence Awards : Outstanding Visitor Experience
2016 Australian Institute of Architects : Peter Wilmott Award
2015 Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania : Finalist in Unique Accommodation
2014 Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania : Unique Accommodation, Bronze Award
2014 Master Builders Australia Excellence in Construction Award
2012 Gold PICA : Design:
2012 Launceston City Council Heritage Awards – Commendation

description: Rebecca and Jack Birrell have developed this accommodation, art and design fusion as an extension of their design practice. Hatherley Birrell Collection is a collection of art suites, featuring contemporary artwork, architectural and design elements, this unique luxury accommodation offers a highly individual and exceptionally stylish experience.

New to the collection are two garden pavilion rooms within the heritage gardens of Hatherley House. The pavilions are innovative in design, contemporary, eco-friendly retreats inspired by Chinese lanterns. Art filled and featuring moon windows within origami like roof forms, private outdoor areas complete with private outdoor bath each set within an exquisite garden setting.

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tamarleigh garden pavilion

tamarleigh garden pavilion

project: Tamarleigh Garden Pavilion

location: Launceston, Tasmania

description: The little garden pavilion at Tamarleigh is a small scale project with some big ambitions. The original outbuilding known as the ‘Lighthouse’ at Tamarleigh once housed an ingenious and rare 1906 Benzoline gas-generator.

This small-scale project, to create a little garden pleasure pavilion, set in course two ambitious objectives at Tamarleigh. Firstly, it became a rescue mission to save the remains of the 1906 gas unit and, secondly it set about to create a new building that directly referenced the original 1906 ‘lighthouse’ outbuilding, in so doing creating a new place of reflection in the garden.

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hiawatha

hiawatha

project: Hiawatha

awards: Launceston City Council Heritage Awards: Residential Award 2014

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shepherds boutique apartments

shepherds boutique apartments

project: Shepherds Boutique Apartments

location: Launceston, Tasmania

awards: 2008 inaugural Launceston city council heritage award

description:  A unique heritage listed building located in the Launceston CBD which originally functioned as a bakery with workers residences. The project consists of upgrading two existing units into high quality boutique style apartments, as well as the conversion of an existing bakery space into a studio apartment. Extensive research was undertaken to find the original architectural drawings and colour scheme. Previously painted in a prosaic muted Georgian colour scheme in off whites and pinks, it has now been repainted in line with the original colour scheme and once again features prominently within Launceston’s heritage fabric.

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atelier office + apartment

atelier office + apartment

project: Atelier Office + Apartment

location: Launceston, Tasmania

awards: 2010 Launceston City Council Heritage Award–Mixed Use
2010 Master Builder Assoc. Award

description: Atelier Apartments & Offices is an urban mixed use redevelopment incorporating office space together with residential apartments and car parking.

The redevelopment includes careful renovations to the 1830s fabric and judicious editing of the worst of the 1960s additions, recycling the best parts of these old structures, and the creation of spaces and opportunities for the new component parts: a mixed use of offices, roof gardens, car parks and residential units.

Atelier’s new design concept based around an old heritage building, demonstrates the potential for modern architecture and heritage renewal in the Launceston CBD.

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boags brew house

boag’s brew house

project: Boag’s Brew House

location: Launceston, Tasmania

awards: 2010 Commercial Architecture Award AIA,
2010 Sustainability Commendation AIA,
2009 Commendation, BPN Sustainability Awards,
2010 Gold PICA (graphic design) – Design,
2010 Silver PICA (graphic design) – Signage

description: The J. Boag & Son New brew house is located in the heritage industrial precinct of the J. Boag & Son Brewery in Launceston. The building has been designed to reduce its environmental impact through: material selection, natural cooling and ventilation systems, natural light, sun/shade control and the re-use of existing heritage buildings. The building houses process-plant for brewing using best practice for water recycling, heat and energy recovery and minimises waste discharged. The new brew house significantly reduces the carbon footprint for J. Boag & Son’s brewing operations while increasing brewing production.

Materials and environmental systems include; a fully insulated building with double-glazing; automated windows and solar chimney vent stacks to naturally ventilate the building. A fully glazed south wall provides natural light to the interior.

Significant heritage buildings that form the streetscape to the site have been retained and restored to house a water treatment plant and grain storage for the new brew house.

The J. Boag & Son New brew house is not only a pragmatic industrial building but also an environmentally and site-responsible building that deals with issues that are beyond the scope of its practical requirements.

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