Forestry Tasmania Forestry Centre Melville Street, Hobart


 

Redevelopment of a warehouse building into the Forestry Tasmania Headquarters Building

ARCHITECT

Morris-Nunn and Associates

CLIENT/DEVELOPER

Forestry Tasmania/Civil and Civic Pty Ltd

YEAR

1997

PROJECT BRIEF

Structural design, documentation and construction administration

 

CHALLENGES

This development consisted of three smaller projects, each requiring a different structural approach. A large retail tenancy at the rear of the site was constructed using a simple precast and post tensioned concrete solution, whilst the existing building at the front of the site was sensitively modified and refurbished to provide office space. The most impressive part of the project, however is the glass and timber dome over the existing courtyard. The atrium dome is a remarkable and complex structure, achieved using materials and construction techniques readily available in the local marketplace. The design and documentation went beyond that normally required of a consulting engineer, and included base set-out drawings for all trades and defined erection methods. This resulted in smooth integration of the prefabricated steel, timber and glazing elements and trouble free erection.

RESULT

Winner of the Colourbond Steel in Architecture Award (Tasmania) 1998, and a project where the contribution of the structural engineer toward the overall aesthetic of the final result cannot be
over estimated.

 

Photos courtesy of Circa Architecture