sustainable use of historic heritage places was the big winner at the 2016
Tasmanian Architecture Awards night. Tasmania is fortunate to have such a wealth of built
heritage, and Tasmanian architects who once again show themselves adept at enriching it
through contemporary design.
by the Tasmanian Heritage Council, the Heritage Award went to Rosevear Stephenson
for Jenny’s House. The jury citation notes that ‘this project embraces its
strict heritage overlay with sensitivity, deftly adding a contemporary addition
to a house in the middle of Battery Point. A full-width verandah-as-living room
extends the life of this modest four-room cottage by fusing house and garden as
the one space.’
House also took out the Residential Architecture Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Award, with a commendation to Circa Morris-Nunn Architects at the
heritage-listed Acton in Lauderdale. Fabric from an old barn on the site was
reused to create additions to the house, seamlessly fusing the new construction
with the old.
Residential Architecture Multiple Housing Award went to the Trinity Hill Youth
Accommodation and Training Facility, which wraps around the heritage-listed,
Henry Hunter designed Trinity Hill School in North Hobart. ‘The architects
cleverly employ the former school as a natural divide and meeting place.’
Trinity Hill School
Art+Design+Architecture won the Small Project Architecture Award for Garden
Pavilions which provide guest accommodation in the extensive gardens of
Hatherley House in Launceston. ‘These twin pavilions are nestled out of sight
of the main house, ensuring they form a haven of their own and do not detract
Interior Architecture Award also involved a heritage-listed property. BYA
Architect’s refurbishment of the old Marine Board Building on the Hobart
waterfront for the Brickworks Design Studio created a space that is ‘appealingly
light, spacious and flowing …. to create both a versatile space and successful
junction of old and new’.
John Lee Archer Triennial Prize was awarded to Circa Morris-Nunn Architects for
the Mountain Retreat Medical Centre in South Hobart. This heritage-listed site,
which also received a National Australian Institute of Architecture Award in
2013, is described as ‘skilfully weaving a response to heritage, urban
condition and program into a formal and spatial delight’.
Council congratulates all winners, and the many short-listed entries that also
helped to rejuvenate and protect Tasmania’s historic heritage.
For details of all the nominees and winners head to the 2016 Tasmanian Architecture Awards site.