Hobart, Mona Museum, Conference & a NEW Project!


Strolling around the central business district of Hobart and beyond to the historic areas of Salamanca Place and Battery Point

Struck by the diversity of residential types from the more modest and early 18th century styles tot he more elaborate late Victorian and early 20th Century or Early Modernist works. One thing that is wonderful to see, and a lesson for us in Sydney is the pride the owners take in their homes and the strength of the Hobart Council's commitment to preservation of their architectural history.

MONA MUSEUM of Old and New Art

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is an art museum in the Moorilla winery on Berriedale Peninsula outside Hobart It is the Southern Hemisphere's largest privately funded museum , and houses ancient, modern and contemporary art from millionaire David Walsh's own collection, and is described as a "subversive adult Disneyland.Many visitors approach by ferry up the Derwent River.

It was designed by Melbourne architect Nonda Katsilidis of Fender Katsilidis Architects and won the 2012 Australian Institute of Architects' Sir Zelman Cowan Award for Public Architecture

MONA opened on 21 January 2011, and hosts the annual MOFO and Dark MOFO music and arts festivals

Before MONA, the Moorilla Museum of Antiquities, was founded in 2001 by Tasmanian millionaire David Walsh. It closed on the 20th May 2006 to undergo $75 million renovations. The new museum was officially opened on 21 January 2011, coinciding with the third MOFO festival.

The MONA building appears at street level dominated by its surroundings, but the interior possesses a spiral staircase leading down to three levels of display spaces cut into the cliff side. On entering the museum, visitors descend a deep flight of stairs into the depths of the building and then work back upwards towards the surface, viewing the art in a way the inverse of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

It is largely underground to preserve the heritage setting of two Roy Grounds houses on the property, so that the Museum as David Walsh says "could sneak up on visitors rather than broadcast its presence ... 'a sense of danger' that would enliven the experience of viewing art".


The Regional Conference NSW 2018 for the Australian Institute of Architects NSW is the annual conference for country and regional architectural practices (and even a few city based firms like ours) to meet, hear about other practices and learn more about our industry, and was held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

It's main speakers and themes were:

And then the awards - Congratulations to all the winners!

This year's theme was REthink REcalibrate REgenerate and we will REturn!


Fairlight House 03

A small addition to a semi detached timber cottage in the middle of Fairlight. Downstairs opening the main bedroom to the front courtyard, a new bathroom, and open tread stairs to the first floor for another bedroom, tiny study, walk in robe and future proofed en-suite. Restrained budget and all done as a Complying Development Certificate for owners now happier with more space for their growing family

See our website for more images of this project!

Builder: JSM Construction

Photographer: Cameron Spencer for Getty Images


Above Ground Pools

Source: Pinterest

Manly House | 04 | ABOVE GROUND POOL

Above ground pools are becoming more popular, this may come down to many reasons for a client but the most common are; they provide a water view from the homes living areas and there is not much excavation (big plus for people living above rock!) An Architect can design an above ground pool that allows the pool to be the feature in the backyard, there are many ways to design a pool that is more than just a pool. Remember, summer is right around the corner!

We found the top three images of above ground pools on Pinterest. Each pool offers a different aesthetic and purpose. They all have been designed around the natural elements and instead the entertaining and living areas have been designed around the pool. This creates a continuous harmony of indoor and outdoor living.

The image to the left is one of our projects at Manly House 04. As it stretches into the decking area, its simplistic design approach seamlessly fits in well with the surrounding landscaping. The height of this pool aligns with the height of the decking, extending from the family's entertaining area.

Landscaping: Sprout Studio Landscape Architecture

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