Established in 1999 by three Tasmanian-born Directors and now has offices in Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne and Copenhagen. We seek to create unique projects borne of the specific alchemy possible in each situation. Projects are dependent on how the interests of the client, site, budget and use are fused into a specific and unique solution and opens up new opportunities and propositions about the state of the world and our place within it. We are recognised for our contribution to architecture and research at a national and international level and as a key practice in the next generation of Australian architecture.
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Burnie, Tasmania, 2009
Makers’ Workshop represents a major investment in the future of the north-west coast Tasmania town in its post-industrial reality. Over recent years, a local initiative, Creative Paper, has built a culture of high quality product and value-adding upon the base level industrial paper production associated with the town and forms an integral part of MW in addition to the regions rich history. Within tight budget and time constraints, TERROIR created a “living room” for the town, built around these two functions but also incorporating café, theatre and other meeting place activities. The building is understood as part of the collection of industrial objects along the coastal strip, objects re-imagined as giant “toys” of which this project forms a new part. This “toy” is a lighthouse of sorts, perched on the western headland above the beach, a sentinel both for passing ships and for the town.
Woodbridge, Tasmania, 2003
A waterside function venue at Peppermint Bay – an inlet on the River Derwent, south of Hobart – offers a high quality restaurant/function venue alongside significant retail, boutique epicure food manufacture and a venue for art and craft makers from the region to retail their products. The building gathers its form from the shape of the site itself and the reconciliation of this with key functional constraints. The unique exterior form is contrasted with a simple yet warm interior featuring a high use of Tasmanian timber. A strong emphasis was placed on the design of Peppermint Bay as a world class experience with all elements in the brief to be fully integrated such that the place was more than simply a restaurant but also a serious tourist destination. TERROIR were responsible for all aspects of the procurement of the project from building design, landscape design through to contract administration. Since opening in November 2003, Peppermint Bay has received public and critical acclaim and consistent national and international exposure via publication and awards.
Smith Street Warehouse
North Hobart, Tasmania, 2008
The narrow inner city street has a contrast of industrial and residential – this is the first house in the street within an industrial building. The new works have maintained much of the former industrial building’s character. The original street frontage dramatically contrasts with an unexpected interior space retaining the former character whilst meeting the demands for accommodating a young family. Through-views from street to rear were crucial to maintaining the depth of space in the existing building. New steel beams span the full length of the interior to establish a new upper floor, the underside of which reveals exposed floor beams with long stripes of continuous lighting. Industrial galvanised metal sheet and formwork ply is used throughout the living spaces downstairs while the upper floor is more refined with a lime-stained timber and wall finish reflecting the natural light from existing saw-tooth windows. Expanded metal subtly disguise two new north-facing skylights that augment the natural lighting from the original south-facing highlight windows while also being used to manage privacy to bedrooms. Despite its rawness, a playful character is present, such as rock climbing grips as door handles and the existing metal clad rear wall which can slide open to reveal the large internal space to the secluded rear yard.