The Rox Apartments | Core Collective Architects

The Rox Apartments | Core Collective Architects | Photographer: Adam Gibson

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

The Rox Apartments | Core Collective Architects

Traditional Land Owners
muwinina peoples of nipaluna/Hobart


Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
VOS Construction
Aaron Jones
Adam Gibson
Project summary

The Rox Apartments makes a positive contribution to Hobart’s urban realm whilst respectfully restoring and reinvigorating the surrounding heritage buildings. This project was spearheaded by a long-term owner of the heritage-listed property with a passion for its rich history. The development comprises a new apartment building with 15 apartments and ground floor commercial space, as well as the careful restoration of Scotch College (c.1880) at the rear of heritage listed Roxburgh House (c.1870).

The development is cited by the Tasmanian Heritage Council as a case study project, describing the conversion of the former Scotch College building into apartments as “inspiring”. The Rox demonstrates the potential for new housing in the centre of the city to increase density while responding to its heritage context with sensitivity, activating the ground plane and improving the quality of the urban realm.

The challenge was that the site was next to a heritage-listed building, Roxburgh House, one of Hobart’s precious heritage properties. The brief was to allow the old building to retain its street presence with the new building being contemporary yet sympathetic to the heritage significance of Roxburgh House, maintaining vistas to the heritage building. The new building was to be elegant, respecting the heritage building and providing a new context in which Roxburgh House can be appreciated. The entire site now exhibits a timeless elegance incorporating the new and old in an exciting juxtaposition, with neither element losing its integrity.

Project Practice Team

Ryan Strating, Director
Emily Taylor, Project Architect
Georgina Russell, Design Architect, Documentation Architect
Marijke Vereijken, Documentation
Erica Proud, Documentation
Ryan Tubby, Documentation

Project Consultant and Construction Team

COVA Thinking, Engineer
Lee Tyers Building Surveyors, Building Surveyor
Praxis Environment, Heritage Consultant

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