Tasmanian Wood Design Centre | Launceston 2001

The Design Centre Galleries (Launceston Tasmania Australia) adjoining Price Hall, were designed by a team of architects led by Hobart’s David Travalia with consultative assistance from noted Sydney architect Rick Leplastrier, Michael Shadwick, Brent Dunn and Michael Travalia from 1998 to 2001. Where possible, local materials were used in a simple yet innovative construction which is well integrated both with the existing heritage building and with its environs in City Park. The shape of the building was designed to have as little impact as possible on the existing pathways and structure of City Park while providing a significant gallery and museum space for the community.

In 2004, the building was listed as one of the top 1000 contemporary buildings in the world (Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture, London, Phaidon Press, 2004). Read ‘Launceston’s New Living Room‘, an article by Rory Spence for Architecture Media.

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Images © David Travalia, Leigh Woolley, Takt

Residence | Cronulla 2008

MAC Interactive Architects

House for a poet and a musician. A renovation to transform a dark and ageing house into a light filled series of spaces to enjoy living with a dramatic western aspect overlooking Gunamatta Bay.

A natural palette of materials as a setting to allow colours of the vibrant clients to take centre stage. Open kitchen living dining upstairs, creative spaces below, entered through a hidden doors in a hallway library. Takt added further decking to complete the landscaping in 2010

Builder Cumberland Building Services

Images © Richard Glover

Residence | Annandale 2009

A Pohio Adams Architects project, built by Renascent Constructions this large scale residence required treading carefully to preserve the original cottage while constructing a large modern house. The new ‘extension’ sits at the back of the site offering a multitude of different spaces winding around courtyards, one containing a large jacaranda tree. Long sightlines throughout the house allow for unexpected glimpses, framed views and open living. The old and the new are held together by a spine formed by walls of black glazed bricks towards the south that bounce northern light through all spaces. Other materials oscillate between the industrial – steel and concrete and the relaxed – blonde oak and colourful fabrics to support the clients lifestyle between daily family life and entertaining large parties.

Images © Pohio Adams