The Press Hall
The original building (parts of which date back to late 1800’s) features a heritage-protected Art Deco façade. Other historical gems were uncovered during the archaeological work, including a terrazzo entry floor with the name of the original car showroom ‘City Motors - 1938’. The terrazzo was restored and is featured in the new entry lobby.
Our strategy was to celebrate the existing building fabric with all new work to be visually recessive, simple and elegant. The material palette was drawn from the buildings on the extended site; trowelled and off form concrete, raw mild-steel and V-jointed Tasmanian Oak - both raw and painted.
We collaborated with a local steelworker and furniture designer to create the joinery, furniture and lighting, resulting in a cohesive and enduring aesthetic.
We sought opportunities to bring natural light and air into the building, including garden pockets and light wells throughout, and a full-width glass pivoting wall at the rear of the restaurant which opens up to an entertaining courtyard.
The restaurant, designed in close collaboration with head chef David Moyle, is arranged around a centralised kitchen and bar which is open to the dining area, offering an immersive experience to guests. The layout balances the fluidity and flexibility of the large space with a range of intimate dining spaces.
Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
2015 Winner Tasmanian Architecture Awards - Commercial Award
Architects: Ryan Strating & Chris Clinton
Archaeology: Austral & Praxis Environment
Heritage: Core Collective Architects
Structural: Gandy & Roberts
Building Surveyor: Castellan
Mechanical: Ian Loney
Hydraulics: Gandy & Roberts
Lift: Access Solutions
Access: Michael Small
(inside) Interior Design Review, issue 87, July/August 2015
‘Life Spaces’ Live.Work.Connect from the IDEA Awards 2015
Products & Systems
Heating: Hydronic thermal slab by Ovreem Gas & Plumbing, Wood fire by Skantherm
Masonry: 150 clinkaBLOK by clinka (4 hour fire rated lightweight masonry)
Steel windows: Windows on the World
Lighting: Artemede & Custom copper tube lights by CCA
Cooking: Electrolux Commercial