A HOBART City Council committee has voted unanimously in favour of approving a building adjacent to the iconic Sandy Bay Dorney House.
The proposal was passed last night by the Parks and Customer Service Committee and will go to the full council at the end of this month.
Alderman Peter Sexton said Dorney House could become one of the most important public spaces in Greater Hobart, with the additional space.
Dr Sexton, chair of an independent design collective, has been working with renowned Tasmanian architect Robert Morris-Nunn on the new building that will be cantilevered over the property’s WWII ruins and become the new home for Designed Objects Tasmania.
The floor will be made from a new structural timber which is the timber equivalent of a reinforced concrete slab.The innovative timber has been developed in conjunction with the University of Tasmania’s Centre of Sustainable Architecture with Wood.
Dr Sexton said the design could showcase a way forward for the timber industry.
“It will showcase what we do really well in Tasmania,” he said.
“Let’s get away from wood chipping and actually do something that we’re good at doing and which we can do as well as anybody else in the world.”
Prof Morris-Nunn was happy the design had been approved.
“We are past the first hurdle and it was treated on its merits,” Prof Morris-Nunn said.
The design addresses issues such as protecting the historic ruins, safety concerns and having an anchor tenant to provide increased security, he said.The modular building will have room for an exhibition and entertainment space and studios for artists.
Dr Sexton said along with opening up the main house to the public, the site will become more than a major tourist attraction.
He expected keen interest in the creative hub with the potential for artists in residence and people from around the world working “in a magnificent environment for design”.