Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Gateway Precinct | Cumulus Studio

2021 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

2021 Tasmanian Architecture Awards: People's Choice

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre AND Gateway Precinct | Cumulus Studio

urban | public architecture

The Visitor Centre offers a warm alpine welcome to reflect both the sense of rugged-up anticipation on arrival and the distinctive Cradle Mountain geology. The sculptural, wilderness-inspired development includes an orientation building,
commercial services base, shuttle bus shelter and coach transit centre. At every turn, we aimed to honour the significance and sensitivity of this world-renowned national park.

We designed the buildings to feel grounded, as if carved from a solid rock by a glacier. The umbrella rain-screen form references the folding angular geology of the site, inviting visitors into the cave-like timber interior. We used a hierarchy of space that organises services but lets the staggering natural setting sing out. It’s quite a feeling to walk inside the sculpted interior timber cave, a completely unexpected gem inside the building.

Our intuitive way-finding strategy creates a flow to subtly guide visitors while they interact with the site and visitor information. 

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre Gateway Precinct | Cumulus Studio | Photographer: Anjie Blair


Practice team

Peter Walker | Project Architect

Andrew Geeves | Project Architect

Elizabeth Walsh | Design Architect

Luke Waldron | Architectural Project Team

Todd Henderson | Director Overview

Matt Green | Architectural Project Team

Jason Licht | Architectural Project Team

Claire Austin | Architectural Project Team

Amanda York | Interior Project Team


Fairbrother Construction | Builder

Playstreet | Landscape Consultant

Futago | Wayfinding and Signage

ERA Planning | Town Planner

Alex Miles | Artist (Installation)

Aldanmark | Structural Engineer

COVA | Services Consultant

Pitt & Sherry | Electrical Consultant

Green Building Surveying | Building Surveyor

Green Design Group | Commercial Kitchen Design

Stantec | Project Manager

Cohen & Associates | Land Surveyor

NVC Acoustics, Acoustic Consultant

WT PArtnership | Quantity Surveyor

Fairbrother Construction | Construction Manager

Aldanmark | Hydraulic Consultant

Aldanmark | Civil Consultant

Creative Hat | Interpretation Strategy

Anjie Blair | Photographer

National Partners

Principal Partner
National Corporate Partners
National Supporting Partners
National Supporting Partners
National Insurance Partner
National Media Partner
Preferred Photography Partner
State Partners

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