Tate Extension | Preston Lane

Tate Extension | Preston Lane | Photographer: Adam Gibson

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Tate Extension | Preston Lane

Traditional Land Owners
the Mouheneener people


Thylacine Constructions
Adam Gibson
Erik Wolfhagen
Project summary

‘Tate House – Warringa’, is an iconic Tasmanian house built in 1959; designed by the late Esmond Dorney; a renowned Tasmanian architect recognised for his unusual and distinctive post-modern architecture.

Listed on the Tasmanian Heritage register primarily for its curved lightweight roof structure and use of glass, the works were considered through the lens of maintaining and conserving the significant aspects of the home whilst building upon them through the new work.
The lower level of the existing home consisted of a one-bedroom flat which was a later addition to the Dorney plan and was not considered as significant from a Heritage perspective.

The form of the building has been largely unchanged in the new works, whilst maintaining the buildings presence to the street, expressing the structure, and maintaining the circulation sequence to the Entry of the home being key.

We love the light filled spaces on both levels of the house, the building feels like it has realised its full potential which had not been the case previously.

While many of the design imperatives were driven by Sally’s current and future needs, the spaces do not feel compromised. Sally says ‘you don’t feel like you are living in a house designed with a disability in mind, I don’t feel constrained as I do in other buildings”.

The building makes you feel good. Its conserved and restful. My lifelong relationship with it only serves to enhance that very fortunate experience.

Project Practice Team

Danie Lane, Design Architect
Garth Ancher, Project Architect
Sara Chugg, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Exsto Management, Quantity Surveyor
Gandy and Roberts, Structural Engineer
Holdfast Consulting, Building Surveyor
Paddy Dorney, Heritage Consultant

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Tate Extension | Preston Lane | Photographer: Adam Gibson

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