Dove Lake Viewing Shelter | Cumulus Studio

Dove Lake Viewing Shelter | Cumulus Studio | Photographer: Anjie Blair

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Dove Lake Viewing Shelter | Cumulus Studio

Traditional Land Owners
Big River Nation


EmAGN Project Award
Public Architecture
Sustainable Architecture
Vos Construction and Joinery
Anjie Blair
Project summary

Located on the northern shore of Dove Lake in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the new Dove Lake Viewing Shelter draws on the tones, textures, and history of its immediate context to become a part of this unique natural and cultural landscape.

Its design balances the primary function of a shelter, a haven for visitors to a remote region notorious for ever changing weather, with that of an experience — a reflective space that gives pause, one that curates an uninterrupted connection with the surrounding environment.

The scored concrete exterior creates a rhythmic pattern echoing the geological processes that formed the surrounding valley. The minimally-lit interiors draw visitors through the space via unadorned corridors and strategically-placed windows.

Built within a former car park, the shelter was commissioned by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service to provide an accessible visitor experience to one of the state’s most valued wilderness destinations.

National Architecture Awards Accolades
National Commendation for Public Architecture

The Dove Lake Viewing Shelter provides a much improved visitor arrival experience to one of Tasmania’s most valued natural wilderness destinations. Through a unique architectural design this bespoke shelter introduces visitors to the outstanding universal natural and cultural values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The architectural response rises to the occasion, exceeding expectations by going beyond the brief requirements by interpreting and presenting the place through carefully curated spaces.

Cumulus worked closely with PWS staff, stakeholders, state and local community, the construction team, and indigenous cultural stakeholders to deliver this outstanding result.

Project Practice Team

Andrew Grimsdale, Designer and Documentation
Chi Chee Goh, Graduate of Architecture
Edwina Brisbane, Design Architect
Elizabeth Walsh, Design Architect
Jason Licht, Design Architect
Luke Waldron, Design Architect
Peter Walker, Design Director
Rosella Sciurti, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Aldanmark Pty Ltd, Structural, Hydraulic & Civil Engineering
Aware365, Safety Consultants
COVA, Mechanical & Fire Engineering
ERA Planning and Environment, Town Planning & Community Consultation
Futago, Interpretation & Wayfinding
Green Building Surveying, Building Surveyor
Michael Small Consulting, Access Consultant
Noise Vibration Consulting (NVC), Acoustic Engineering
Pitt & Sherry, Electrical Engineering
Playstreet, Landscape Architects
Stantec, Lighting Design
WT Parthnership, Quantity Surveyor

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Dove Lake Viewing Shelter | Cumulus Studio | Photographer: Anjie Blair

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