Parliament Square | Design 5 - Architects, fjcstudio (formerly fjmtstudio), JPDC and Years Months Days

Parliament Square | Design 5 - Architects, fjcstudio (formerly fjmtstudio), JPDC and Years Months Days | Photographer: Adam Gibson

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Parliament Square | Design 5 - Architects, fjcstudio (formerly fjmtstudio), JPDC and Years Months Days

Traditional Land Owners
Muwinina and Palawa people of nipaluna
Year
2023
Chapter

Tasmania

Category
Heritage
Builder
Vos Constructions
Photographer
Adam Gibson
Design 5 Architects
Images For Business
Project summary

The Tasman hotel was established through the adaptive reuse of a suite of historically significant buildings at Parliament Square. The site stretches along Davey Street, from Murray Street to Salamanca Place – encompassing St Mary’s Hospital (1848 hospital for paupers), 1862 Government Printers Office, 1920 Hydro Electric Department and 1939 art deco building. It now functions as a 152-room luxury hotel with cocktail bar, two restaurants, underground parking and public plaza.

The project was led by developers Citta Property Group and project architects fjmtstudio, working in collaboration with Design 5 as conservation architects.

The redevelopment celebrates the success of sensitively and creatively integrating contemporary design and modern amenities with a complex series of heritage listed buildings. Many of the original quirks and unique features are retained, enriching the experience for guests, staff and visitors – demonstrating that adaptive reuse enhances the project outcome, adding another layer to the site’s ongoing history.

National Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Heritage

The revitalisation of this important city block in Hobart is almost inconceivable without the preservation and sensitive adaptation of the Heritage building fabric. The layering of significant heritage buildings with new buildings and public open space visually tells the story of the site over the past 180 years. Importantly, old buildings of modest heritage value that could have been demolished were also retained and re-purposed, which has further enriched the precinct. The new Parliament Square comprising government functions, luxury Hotel, restaurants, bars and retail have enabled public access to the heritage buildings that were closed off for many decades.

Project Practice Team

Alan Croker, Project Director
Lian Wong, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Arup, Acoustic Consultant
Arup, Electrical Consultant
Arup, ESD Consultant
Arup, Fire Consultant
Arup, Mechanical Consultant
Arup, Vertical Transportation Consultant
Dreamtime Australia, Food & Beverage Consultant
Electrolight, Specialist Lighting Consultant
fjcstudio (formerly fjmtstudio), Project Architect
GHD, Hydraulic Consultant
JMG, Mechanical Consultant
JPDC, Interior Designer
Northrop Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer
TTW, Structural Engineer
Years Months Days, Signage and Branding Consultant

Parliament Square | Design 5 - Architects, fjcstudio (formerly fjmtstudio), JPDC and Years Months Days | Photographer: Adam Gibson

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