Tourist Development, Strahan, Tasmania
AEJ in association with Tasmanian based consulting firm, RJK Engineering, collaborated on the design of a tourist development in Strahan demonstrating that we can offer a specialist expertise which complements local resources. Our background in regional Australia, and in particular the coastal experience, has a synergy with the development and construction industry in Tasmania. The development is to provide affordable tourist accommodation. It is to incorporate a mix of suites ranging from single bedrooms to larger double bed units with additional disabled persons’ accommodation, all with individual ensuite facilities and communal lounge areas. The development will also include housing for staff and the manager. Ancillary to the accommodation is a dining area and associated kitchen as well as a large meeting room. The objective is to provide a self-contained tourist facility that will attract individuals and families as well as larger groups using the conference facilities. Landscaped outdoor areas to encourage passive recreation and informal gatherings, complement the natural setting. This development will be attractive to visitors wanting to explore what the West Coast has to offer in the natural environment as well as its rich history.
The approach taken with the design is to create an unapologetically contemporary development while using traditional building forms that sit comfortably adjacent the historic Ormiston House. The new development incorporates pitched roofs including raised central ‘lanterns’ reflecting the highly modulated Ormiston House roof. The design concept has sought to find a balance that is sympathetic to the historical context as well as the natural environment. Architects Edmiston Jones offer the advantage of a country-based organisation with a clear understanding of the regional environment and building conditions as well as experience with authorities and their regulations.