Images courtesy of Vibe Tasmania.

Gibson’s Mill is a heritage listed structure which has stood on the Hobart waterfront since the mid 19th century. It operated as a flour mill until the late 20th century when it was converted to office space and car parking. In 2011, 1+2 was commissioned to explore the potential of converting the building to boutique hotel accommodation.

The architectural solution was achieved through a process of close collaboration with the building owners, contractors, heritage authorities and consultants. The key idea was to reveal the story of the old structure by removing unsympathetic recent additions and interiors and to compliment the richness of the heritage structure with simple and refined new elements.

It was a highly technical project, requiring virtual modelling of structural systems, fire scenarios, and acoustic environments in order to achieve contemporary performance standards while revealing the original cast iron, timber and brick structure - a futuristic approach to preserving the past.

The new hotel opened in early 2013.