Symmons Plains | Cumulus Studio

2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards: People's Choice

Symmons Plains | Cumulus Studio

Heritage Architecture

Understanding the significant Tasmanian value of the Symmons Plains homestead, the clients approached the project with a clear vision: to restore the aging original buildings, then introduce functional, contemporary elements that would remain sensitive to the heritage architecture. As is typical of early Georgian homes, the original homestead was quite stripped back, austere and utilitarian in appearance. The new lightweight, highly glazed insertions reflect this simplicity in form and proportion, while their transparency and reduced height allow the original heritage buildings to take prominence in the design. The new intervention acts as a long extruded tube, connecting both outbuildings and the rear wing of the homestead into one single consolidated structure. This connection activates the entire cluster of buildings, transforming forgotten spaces into active, social additions to the family home.


Client perspective:
How does the design benefit the way you live/work/play/operate/educate/other?

“Approaching the renovation and restoration of our heritage listed property in Northern Tasmania I had high expectations and a clear vision for the final product. In order to achieve my vision, the ability to collaborate in the design process became a vital factor in identifying the appropriate architect for the job. From the beginning of our relationship I knew the Cumulus team appreciated my input and understood the significance of the site. From start to finish, all lines of communication were open, and while I was always eager to be involved, I completely trusted each designer’s sensitive and innovative approach.”

Symmons Plains | Cumulus Studio | Photographer: Anjie Blair
Symmons Plains | Cumulus Studio | Photographer: Anjie Blair


Practice team

Todd Henderson – Design Director

Pippa Jensen – Project Architect 


Mark Darke Building & Joinery – Builder

Past and Present Stonemasons – Heritage Stonemasons

Brierley Consulting Engineers –  Structural Engineer

Southern Lighting and Distribution and Casa Monde – Lighting Consultant

Praxis Environment – Heritage Consultant

Our partners

Principal Partner
Major National Partners
National Corporate Partners
National Supporting Partners

​National Insurance Partner

National Media Partner
State Partners

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