The Basement

Retail & Commercial

The project is located in the sub-floor basement of a heritage listed Victorian Regency building in the heart of Hobart. Previously neglected and used as storage; the role of the project was to provide the growing business above with an additional flexible boardroom, office and function space with associated amenities.

Two simple design gestures are employed. Firstly the controlled expression of the existing fabric, and secondly the insertion of a recessive ‘black box element’ holding and concealing all ancillary services.  Conceptually these two strategies increase the perceived size of the spaces and focus the occupant toward the tactile qualities of the existing fabric.

Photography by Jonathan Wherrett