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A Heritage Building Transformed Into A Boutique Hotel In Hobart

Architecture

Over the last decade, Hobart has transformed dramatically. As tourism has boomed, the once-modest city has exploded with new restaurants, cafes, galleries, shops and accommodation that make the most of all the special things Tassie has to offer.

The latest in boutique accommodation offerings is Moss, a boutique hotel located in an early 19th-century sandstone building with a rich history, positioned in the cultural heart of Hobart. We chat to the Circa Morris Nunn Architects, the team behind this impressive project, about the process. 

27th June, 2019

Designed by Circa Morris Nunn Architects Moss is the latest boutique hotel offering in Salamanca Place, Hobart. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

The impressive sandstone building was first used as a waterfront warehouse in the early-19th-century. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

A green wall at Moss. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Great measures were taken by the architects to peel back the layers and retain the building’s heritage integrity. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

A room at Moss. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Room details. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Photo – Sean Fennessy.

No two rooms are alike. Photo – Derek Henderson.

A room at Moss. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Looking out to the waterfront in Salamanca. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Sally Tabart
Thursday 27th June 2019

‘It was a privilege to work on a building with such history and potential’ – Ganche Chua, Circa Morris Nunn Architects.

Starting its life as a waterfront warehouse in the early-19th-century, the sandstone building that is now the site of Moss boutique hotel in the heart of Salamanca has lived many lives. ‘Its been a pub hotel, brothel, offices, and a nightclub, to name a few’, describes Ganche Chua of Circa Morris Nunn Architects, the firm entrusted with this significant project.

Carefully peeling away layers of the building’s more than 200-year history, the Circa Morris Nunn Architects team were able to ‘expose and restore the original building fabric’, allowing them to ‘tell the unique stories about a historic property that is impossible to replicate in a new building’.

Maintaining the integrity of the original structure was a key priority for the architects, who were committed to showing respect for the historical significance of the building, whilst imbuing it with modern flair. Many inherent qualities ‘were waiting to be discovered, restored, re-interpreted and transformed’ as Ganche and his team persevered with the challenging project.

No two rooms are alike at Moss, with design elements like light, textures, plants, views, and objects are painstakingly considered to ‘provide an evocative and experiential journey through the building’. The use of low lighting levels and dark surfaces, along with a selection of clean, crisp finishes for the new insertions strike a perfect balance between new and old.

Circa Morris Nunn Architects worked with a range of skilled local craftspeople, including furniture makers Matt Prince, Scott Van Tuil and Andrew Bull, to produce bespoke pieces for the space.

For Ganche and his team, it was ‘a privilege to work on a building with such history and potential’. Not knowing what they were going to find underneath the layers of the building’s past, each new discovery sparked new ideas and design intent. Embracing the challenging site and persevering with their vision allowed Circa Morris Nunn Architects to achieve an outcome that truly respects its origins, as the building moves into its next phase of life.

For more information and to book your stay head to mosshotel.com.au!

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