luwa wins Heritage Architecture Award

Photography: Adam Gibson

A light touch that reignites an old lighthouse keeper's cottage has taken out this year's 2018 Heritage Award.

luwa – or 'three' in palawa kani – is the former head lighthouse keepers cottage at Eddystone Point. It provides the final night's accommodation for the Aboriginal guides and walkers completing the Tasmania’s wukalina walk.

In awarding the prize to architectural studio Taylor and Hinds, the Award Jury said that "the brief called to repair the cottage and to accommodate ten guests and their guides. The architects' approach displays clear strategies for undertaking the project, including removing unsympathetic additions and retaining original Victorian-era features. New joinery interventions throughout are restrained and consistent in their materiality and detail, yet playful and subtly infused in maritime references and tectonic metaphor representative of the palawa culture. The inherit simplicity of this project belies the architects' rigorous approach to this delightful restoration."

Other winners that helped breathe new life (and light) into heritage-listed places were:

  • Interior Architecture Award Winner - Preston Lane, for their "unexpected, playful" interior fit out for hair salon Jakadjari, as well as for their conversation of a commercial building to residential apartments.
  • Urban Design Commendation - Terroir and Fender Kastalidis in association, for the University of Tasmania City Apartments.
  • Public Architecture Commendation - Rosevear Stephenson, for their design for the new Port Arthur Visitor Centre.
  • Commercial Architecture Commendation - Jaws Architects for the Shorehouse Addition at Pump House Point.

The Tasmanian Heritage Council congratulates award and commendation winners, as well as all the nominees.

Visit the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects (Tasmania) Awards to view all award entries.


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