Thoughtful Transition Wins Heritage Award

Photographer: Adam Gibson

The thoughtful transition between the old spaces of an Italianate Federation home into its contemporary steel addition has been awarded multiple honours at this year's Tasmanian Architecture Awards.

The winner of the Heritage Architecture section was the Mount Stuart Greenhouse where the addition to the 1900s home was conceived as a greenhouse to realise the owners desire to live “engulfed by a garden”.

Judges praised architectural studio Bence Mulcahy for "a rich and evocate piece of architecture" that is "a beautiful example of how to enhance the character of a well-loved heritage building".

The concept was to create an informal garden room that links seamlessly to the Italianate Federation residence. The use of steel framing helps to clearly distinguish the new work from the old while respecting the scale and proportions of the original house. Amongst the glass and steel, the use of timber and a muted colour palette creates a warm and comforting space.

The development also took out the Award for Steel Architecture and an Award for Residential Architecture (Alterations and Additions).

The John Lee Archer Triennial Prize was awarded to Taylor and Hinds Architects with the Aboriginal Land Council Tasmania for krakani lumi, the standing camp for the Aboriginal owned and operated wukalina walk.

The Tasmanian Heritage Council is a proud sponsor of the Tasmanian Architecture Awards and congratulates all entrants and award winners.

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