Hotel Moss 25. Image – Adam Gibson
  • The 2021 Tasmanian Architecture Awards have been announced
  • Outstanding tourism architecture was a recurring theme
  • The architectural designs are "helping to show off" Tasmania

Held earlier this month, the 2021 Tasmanian Architecture Awards placed a spotlight on tourism architecture, with various projects aligning to the tourism theme.

Nestled in the foothills of Tasmania’s Cradle Mountains is one of the victorious tourism entries – Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre. This project by Cumulus Studio received the Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture and the COLORBOND Award for Steel Architecture along with the Dirk Bold Award for Urban Design.

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre Gateway Precinct. Image – Anjie Blair

The development is the first in a series of projects intended as a part of the Tourism and Architectural Masterplan for Cradle Mountain.

The design was celebrated by the jury as “…a carefully orchestrated series of spaces frame the natural and constructed landscape to create a highly legible sequence that celebrates the path of movement towards the mountain.”

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre Gateway Precinct. Image – Anjie Blair

The building is described as offering “… a warm alpine welcome to reflect both the sense of rugged-up anticipation on arrival and the distinctive Cradle Mountain geology”.

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre Gateway Precinct. Image – Anjie Blair

Another highly recognised tourism architectural project is the boutique hotel – Moss 15.

Located in Hobart, this building received the highly coveted Tasmanian Architecture Medal along with the Colin Philp Award for Commercial Architecture.

Hotel Moss 25. Image – Adam Gibson

The hotel located in Hobart was dubbed a “hidden delightful world”, by the jury.

The hotel was described as “an exemplary example of the reuse of disused city space to create a rich environment that contributes to a denser and vital city.”

Hotel Moss 25. Image – Adam Gibson

The serine five-storey hotel is now open for booking with one night for one guest fetching anywhere between $260 and $460.

Hotel Moss 25. Image – Adam Gibson

Perched on the edge of a lake in a small is Tasmanian town is another notable tourism architectural design – Floating Sauna Derby. Architects from Licht Architecture have created a small but impressive building.

They were presented with the Peter Wilmott Award for Small Project Architecture.

Floating Sauna Derby. Image – Anjie Blair
Floating Sauna Derby. Image – Anjie Blair.

Jennifer Nicholas is the Australian Institute of Architects’ Tasmanian Chapter Executive Director. She said these tourism related projects highlight how architecture can enrich community spaces and world-class travel destinations.

“It’s timely that this year’s awards have highlighted some of the exemplar new tourism buildings in Tasmania,” said Ms Nicholas.

“As domestic tourism opens across the country, Tasmanian architecture is truly bringing its A game and helping to show off our state.”

Jennifer Nichols, Tasmanian Chapter Executive Director

“These projects enhance the natural landscape and add to a rich tourism experience.”

The Tasmanian Architecture Awards also offer a ‘People’s Choice Award’. Any members of the public can vote at the Australian Institute of Architects website, with polls closing at midnight on 30th June.

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