This heritage project required the conversion of a derelict industrial warehouse into a new corporate office suite for the Australian Institute of Architects. Heritage building fabric has been conserved and restored in consultation with the Tasmanian Heritage Council, while new building elements have been placed with care and clarity to create a harmonic contrast between the old and new.

2006                Royal Australian Institute of Architects
                       Interior - Commendation


“At last a home for the RAIA! The architects were engaged to fitout a tight space with numerous constraints, not the least of which was the daunting task of satisfying the critical appraisal of their entire professional cohort! Most would tremble at the thought; however the architects approached the task with their usual restrained confidence, and delivered a wonderful outcome.

The brief inherently required a 'demonstration' project as it was to be the interface between the RAIA and the public, the industry, and the profession.

The design is a sensitive response to the heritage context, illustrating a clear articulation of the often vexed notion of inserting new into old. The resolution of the multi-purpose spaces, the minimalist selection of materials, the sensitivity of the detailing all contribute to its success.

The RAIA can now loudly sing its song from a stage worthy of the composer's score.”

Images: Ray Joyce