The following itinerary describes a range of private projects we plan to view, and a number of key designers we hope to meet. At the time of publication (May 2021) most visits had been confirmed, however a number of visits may only be confirmed closer to the tour’s departure in 2022. The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in opening hours, flight schedules and confirmation of private visits. Participants will receive a final itinerary, together with their tour documents, prior to departure. The tour includes meals indicated in the detailed itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner.
Day 1: Sunday 6 February, Arrive Hobart
- Short Welcome Meeting
- Orientation Walking tour of Hobart’s Waterfront led by Robert Morris-Nunn AM
- Introductory talk by Robert Morris-Nunn AM
- Welcome Dinner
Please meet at Moss Hotel (check-in time is 3.00pm). This heritage hotel is located in the heart of Battery Point, a short 2-minute walk from Salamanca Place.
Our program officially starts at 4.00pm. We commence with an orientation walk of Hobart’s waterfront led by Robert Morris-Nunn AM. Robert, an adjunct professor at the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture, is principal of one of Tasmania’s most awarded practices, Circa Morris-Nunn Chua Architects. In 2017 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to commercial architecture in Tasmania, to tertiary education and to professional institutes, and as a role model. His body of work which “engages with its users, weaving the natural environment with the stories of Tasmania’s cultural history” includes the luxury Saffire Resort, the updated Henry Jones Art Hotel in one of Hobart’s oldest waterfront warehouses, and the Islington Hotel in one of Tasmania’s finest Regency mansions.
This evening we enjoy an introductory talk by Robert Morris-Nunn followed by a Welcome Meal at one of Hobart’s local restaurants. (Overnight Hobart) D
Day 2: Monday 7 February, Hobart
Hobart is home to a swathe of heritage-protected Georgian and Victorian buildings. Its most significant colonial buildings include Parliament House and the Penitentiary Chapel – both designed by John Lee Archer, a civil engineer and colonial architect who worked in Tasmania from 1827 to 1838. The Penitentiary Chapel, whose tower was inspired by the famous English architect, Sir Christopher Wren, remains one of the finest examples of colonial Georgian architecture in Australia.
Today Robert Morris-Nunn AM will accompany us to view a number of projects which involve the recycling of Hobart’s historic buildings. We begin with a visit to a stately two-storey Georgian homestead which was built in Acton in the mid 1820s. Here Robert will explain how materials, including hardwood timbers, sandstone and field stones, from a former heritage-listed (but condemned) outbuilding were carefully ‘recycled’ to create opposing wings to the rear of the house which included an open family dining/kitchen area on one side of a central courtyard, and two children’s bedrooms on the other.
Returning to Hobart’s waterfront we make a brief visit to the School of Creative Arts on Hunter Street and the adjacent Henry Jones Art Hotel which are housed in the old Henry Jones IXL Jam Factory dated 1903.
Next, we visit The Barn, a clever renovation of an 1820s sandstone barn by architects Alex Nielsen and Liz Walsh who collaborated on the project as workbylizandalex. Their careful renovation of this historic barn which retains much of the original stone and timber work, won the Heritage Award and Small Project Architecture: Nicholas Murcutt Award (AIA National Awards, 2015). Both talented young designers, they have each gone on to work at respected architectural firms in Hobart – Liz is at Cumulus Studio, Alex at Circa Morris Nunn Chua Architects.
Following some time at leisure for lunch, we take a short walk through the picturesque Battery Point which takes its name from the battery of guns which were established on the point in 1818 as part of Hobart’s coastal defences. Having been settled in the early 1800’s, it is full of historic character with its winding streets and colonial architecture.
Of particular interest is Arthurs Circle, a ring of old cottages circling a village green which is modelled on the quaint hamlets dotting the English countryside. This was one of the earliest sub-divisions in Australia. During our walk we visit two projects which involve sympathetic renovations to heritage buildings. The first project by Circa Morris-Nunn Chua Architects entitled, ‘Arthur Circus’, is part of this relatively intact and uniform Georgian subdivision. Here we view the successful extension to the rear of a heritage cottage which despite the challenges of increasing floor area on an incredibly restricted site, provides an internal space with both volume and daylight.
Nearby at the Signalman’s Quarters, an 1850s stone cottage which formerly housed the signalman of Mulgrave Battery, we view sympathetic renovation works by 1+2 Architecture which include a new extension and conservation works to the significant heritage fabric of the house.
In the late afternoon we meet with fashion designer, Leonie Struthers, the creative force behind sustainable fashion brand, lj struthers, whose clothing has been handmade in Hobart since the label’s inception in 2005. Her store ‘The Maker’ is currently located in the Salamanca Arts Centre, however we plan to meet her at her new store which is due to open in Elizabeth Street later in 2021. (Overnight Hobart)
Day 3: Tuesday 8 February, Hobart – Fort Nelson – Sandy Bay – Taroona – Lenah Valley – Hobart
Note: Access to Dorney House Fort Nelson involves a 20-30 minute walk up a steep hill to the house. No access is available by coach.
J.H. Esmond Dorney, who died in 1991 aged 85, is regarded as one of the most important modernist architects of Tasmania’s post-war period. A contemporary of Robin Boyd, in 2008 he was awarded the President’s Prize posthumously by the Tasmanian chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. We spend the day visiting a number of Esmond Dorney’s projects. We will be accompanied by his son, Paddy Dorney, who is a former lecturer in architecture at the University of Tasmania. Paddy is also an architect and is writing a book about his father’s life.
Our program includes a visit to Dorney’s famous Fort Nelson house. This 1978 modernist gem, located atop an abandoned 1900s fort on Porter Hill, was one of three family homes constructed by Esmond Dorney. Dorney House featured in the first episode of the ABC’s TV show Designing a Legacy hosted by Tim Ross.
We also visit the celebrated Young House, popularly known as the Butterfly House, at Sandy Bay as well as Tate House and Saint Pius X Catholic Church both located in Taroona.
In the late afternoon we take a walk through the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens to view the award-winning Wombat One Pavillion, conceived, designed and financed by a group of Environmental Design students, under the tutelage of seminal Australian architect Richard Le Plastrier in 1979-80. In 1982 it won the prestigious Triennial Award from the Australian Institute of Architects. In May 2020 the ABC premiered a documentary on Richard LePlastrier entitled Richard Leplastrier – Framing the View. Filmed over the course of 15 years this two hour documentary explores his life, his influences and his built work including Blackheath house in the Blue Mountains.
We end the day with a talk by Paddy entitled ‘Esmond Dorney and his influences’ which will be held at the Tasman Chapter – Australian Institute of Architects. (Overnight Hobart) L
Day 4: Wednesday 9 February, The Tasman & South Arm Peninsulas
We spend the day visiting residential projects located on the rugged Tasman Peninsula which features spectacular coastlines, world heritage-listed convict sites and a national park home to a diverse range of indigenous flora and fauna.
Our first visit is to The Glass House at Koonya which has been included in the shortlist for the 2021 Tasmanian Architecture Awards. Designed by Thomas Bailey, director of Room 11, and Kate Phillips, this glass pavilion “reads as two parallel lines set against the gently undulating landscape.” “While the minimalist art of Donald Judd and modernist architectural masterpieces such as Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House offer Koonya Pavilion’s clearest precedents, Thomas’s personal connection to the area was an equally significant point of reference”. Source: thelocalproject.com.au. During our visit we meet with Kate and Thomas who will discuss this project, as well as three other architectural interventions by Room 11 located on the same site including the main house (due to be completed this September) and the The Pulmonum – their meditation ‘folly’.
Premaydena House by Misho+Associates sits on a largely wooded site facing north on an inward curve of the peninsula, to Norfolk Bay. The house design was inspired by lightness, simple modular proportions, screening and layering. To address the issue of cold, salty wind, Misho Vasiljevich described the house as being ‘a box inside a box’. In 2014 Premaydena House received a commendation in the Tasmanian Architecture Awards small project category.
A light lunch will be served at the award-winning Bangor Vineyard Shed located on the Forestier Peninsula overlooking Blackman’s Bay.
We return to Hobart via the South Arm Peninsula which forms the eastern bank of the lower Derwent Estuary. Here we visit Mays Point, a coastal retreat deigned by Tanner Architects whose “tectonic structure enables subdued spaces that bring focus to the expansive seascape location. A carefully managed excavation tucks the building gently into the contour, providing shelter from Tasmania’s strong winds within a sun filled courtyard. The gallery of landscape beyond dominates the interior, allowing confident, natural finishes to create a restful quality to the experience.” (Overnight Hobart) L
Day 5: Thursday 10 February, Kettering & Bruny Island
This morning we depart Hobart and travel south to Trial Bay House which overlooks the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. James Jones, a former director of Hobart firm HBV Architects has carried out a complete reorganisation of an existing dwelling that was built in 1981 and designed by Ray Heffernan. The house, which was awarded the prestigious 2010 Robin Boyd Award of Australian Institute of Architects, was featured in issue 76 of the Houses magazine.
A short 30-minute ferry ride from Kettering takes us across to Roberts Point, Bruny Island where we begin our tour with a visit to the Apollo Bay House. Designed by Dock 4 Architects, the house was featured in Habitus House of the Year: “Apollo Bay House has water frontage and enjoys sensational views across the bay and beyond to Hobart and Mount Wellington. The client wanted something completely different from his family’s customary lifestyle and something closely connected with its coastal environment. The new 125-metre-squared house consists of the old shack expanded with spaces alongside, in front of and on top – all wrapped in an angled lightweight steel frame that hints at a tent structure, thus signalling that this is a house that is not imposed on its site, but an integral part of it.”
After lunch we visit two projects that have been shortlisted for the 2021 House Awards. The first project, Coopworth, designed by FMD Architects, is described as “a contemporary interpretation of a country farmhouse. Through playful forms and an inventive approach to materials, Coopworth tactfully converses with the ever-changing landscape of Coopworth sheep, wide-ranging views, and weathering red lead shacks dotted over the island.”
The second project, Killora Bay, which overlooks the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, is nestled within a delicate environmental setting. This seasonal holiday home was designed by Lara Maeseele in association with Tanner Architects. “Through dense forest and undergrowth, the house emerges through fragmentary glimpses, as a monumental and elemental built form.” (Overnight Hobart) L
Day 6: Friday 11 February, Hobart – Fern Tree – Glaziers Bay – Hobart
This morning we meet with Nick Randall, an award-winning designer of bespoke Tasmanian timber furniture whose inspiration comes from the beauty of the natural environment and particularly Tasmania’s maritime heritage. We meet Nick at his studio, NR Design. “Combining the beauty of our natural timbers and the lines of classic sailing vessels” he has “created a series of pieces using age old boat building techniques and modern technology that present beautiful curved shapes and an extremely tactile nature.”
Mid-morning we travel to Fern Tree, a mountain suburb which lies 10 kilometres south west of Hobart on the slopes of Mt Wellington. Here we meet with Torquil Canning at his home, a late 20th-century house built in four stages over 20 years, partly designed by JAWS Architects and partly by himself. Having graduated as a landscape designer from Burnley Horticultural College in 1985, Torquil spent 12 years running his own landscape design company before eventually becoming a certified Passive House Consultant. Over 25 years his home has undergone continued improvements. Designed along passive-solar principals the house features two major sustainable features: a thermal mass from stone walls and double-glazing.
Accompanied by Torquil, we also visit the Fern Tree House designed by architect, David McGlashan of McGlashan and Everist (now McGlashan Everist Architects). Following the 1967 Black Tuesday bush fires, this family home was commissioned by the Canning family to replace their original house. “The house consists of three adjoined pavilions stepped down the sloping site and in common with other McGlashan and Everist houses, uses minimal and natural materials. The floor to ceiling glazing affords each room its own relationship to a different aspect of the surrounding gardens. Elements in the design and construction are shared in common with other McGlashan Everist houses, such as Heide II and Grimwade House in Victoria”. Source: https://openhousehobart.org
Our sumptuous long table lunch will feature food grown at Fat Pig Farm in Glazier’s Bay, the home of chef Matthew Evans, former restaurant reviewer and presenter of the SBS show Gourmet Farmer. The show is filmed at the farm and between courses we’ll tour the 70-acre mixed farm which has a 1.7-acre market garden, rare Wessex saddleback pigs, beef cattle, beehives, fruit orchard and micro-dairy. (Overnight Hobart) L
Day 7: Saturday 12 February, Hobart – Montagu Bay – Lenah Valley – Glenorchy – Berriedale – Hobart
Accompanied by Paddy Dorney we spend the morning visiting three additional projects by Esmond Dorney. Designed in 1959, the Richardson House is located on the foreshore of the Derwent Estuary at Montagu Bay. Its circular design affords panoramic views of the harbour, the city, the mountain to the west and the river to the north. In the Lenah Valley we enjoy a very special visit to Kuljavee House which has never before been open to the public. At Glenorchy we view Snow’s Dry Cleaners designed by Esmond Dorney in 1960. This project is said to have inspired David Walsh; his one bedroom pavilion at MONA is named in Dorney’s honour.
At Berriedale we visit Dock on the Bay, an extraordinary building designed by mid-century modernist Ray Heffernan in 1964. The building, which has been beautifully renovated by its current owner, sits on the waterfront overlooking the bay across to MONA. Adjacent to Dock on the Bay is Snow House, another residential dwelling by Esmond Dorney which we may view from the exterior.
Following a light lunch, this afternoon we visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), an art museum that is the antithesis of the traditional gallery. It was created to be shocking, educational and entertaining with the confronting themes of passion, death and decay explored in unflinching detail. The controversial artworks are all from the private collections of David Walsh, a mathematician and art collector who made his money perfecting algorithms that let him beat casinos and bookies at their own game. Designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects (FKA), MONA sits sentinel over the Derwent, its bulk echoing the riverbank topography.
We conclude our tour with a farewell meal at a local restaurant. (Overnight Hobart) LD
Day 8: Sunday 13 February, Depart Hobart
The tour ends this morning. Participants will be required to make their own way to the airport. Please contact ASA if you require further assistance. Check-out time from the hotel is 11am.