Awarding Reimagined Cottages

The 2017 Tasmanian Architecture Awards have showcased the vision and flair shown to reimagine historic heritage places.

The Heritage Architecture category was awarded to John Wardle Architects for the ‘insertions and additions’ to Captain Kelly’s Cottage on Bruny Island. The Awards Jury citation concluded that the project is a ‘remarkable example of conservation and readaptation of a private heritage residence’. Approved by the Heritage Council in 2015, the proposal has ensured the cottage’s future use as a home, whilst retaining a strong sense of its early character. The form models indicate a bold design that neatly fits between the original front section of the house and the original kitchen.  The development was also awarded for its interior architecture.

A second development involving a small historic heritage cottage resulted in an award for Preston Lane Architects in the Small Project Architecture category. Milkman’s Cottage in Hobart was considered a 'great contributor to urban streetscape, and to debates around urban renewal. The careful placement and shape of the new form of this tiny house addition blend seamlessly with the original building, and stitch together the row of cottages in this busy, sloping street'. The Heritage Council’s approval for this development has been previously covered online.

The Henry Hunter Triennial Prize was awarded to WorkbyLizandAlex, for reimagining a small stone barn, originally built as stables in 1829, into one of Hobart’s best (small) spaces to stay. The Heritage Council approved the design response in 2010 as the proposal successfully balances the heritage values of the place with the requirements of a conversion to a residence.

The Esmond Dorney designed St Pius X Church in Taroona received recognition through the Enduring Architecture Award. The Church is entered on the Tasmanian Heritage Register for its technical and creative achievement, its association with Dorney, and for the story behind this striking architecture. In 1962 the Vatican II Council signalled change when it embraced changes to both liturgical practice and church architecture. Catholic congregations, however, were generally slow to accept the latter. St Pius X Catholic Church may be seen not merely as an example of the changes afoot within the Catholic Church during the 1950s and 60s, but as a vanguard of the movement for change. The Awards Jury cites the church’s 'unique relationship to place, in a post-war period, it nestled closely with a natural Australian environment. Today this is important for all and what we cherish as meaningful place'.

These awards winners scratch the surface of the excellent way in which architects respond to development to historic heritage places. There are many other award entries that received commendations and praise for their responses to revitalising historic heritage places. To gain inspiration, visit the Tasmanian Architecture Awards website for details of all the entrants and award winners. Choose your favourite and enter the People’s Choice Award to be in the running for a great prize.

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