Surrounded by a historic industrial precinct in Tasmania’s North, an area renowned for its working-class culture, that was occupied by railways, sawmills and shipwrights in years gone by. The development of a cultural centre was to embed an innovative and engaging arts and exhibition precinct that communicated the story of the site and improved the cultural experience for visitors.
The building form and façade present a lively, engaging and somewhat nautical gesture that is approachable from multiple directions. The central foyer, designed to guide visitors into and through the building, creates a recognisable entry. Confidently slicing the building in two, the foyer creates the heart of the building, developing spaces for public meetings and areas for events that local community groups are encouraged to use.