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LIMINAL ARCHITECTURE | with Snøhetta + Rush Wright Wins National Design Competition

Posted 19 January 2018

Liminal Architecture along with our fellow design collaborators, Snøhetta and Rush Wright, are proud to be the winners of the architectural design competition for the new History and Interpretation Centre at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart.

Liminal Architecture with Snohetta on site at the Cascades Female Factory

Liminal Architecture with Snohetta on a tour of the Cascades Female Factory

Our team is thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate the historic significance of the site and the contribution convict women made to colonial Australia through the interpretation of architecture integrated with landscape.

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is now a step closer to realising a redevelopment that pays tribute to the more silent stories that have influenced the shaping of Hobart and Tasmania to what it is today. We look forward to collaborating with PAHSMA to develop our scheme and form a positive legacy for the Cascades Female Factory. 

The designs will be revealed in February, but in the meantime, we can share images from our two-day intensive workshop with our project team where the ideas and approach were developed. The workshops that were fuelled with curiosity, creativity, exploration, debate and fun, speak to our team motto of ‘many minds make enlightened work’. An exhibition will be held in February 2018, showcasing the competition finalists.

Thank you to the members of the jury for their confidence in our vision, and for reinforcing that local talent operates on a global platform. Congratulations to the other finalists, representing a national field of high calibre architecture practices. Finally, a nod to our collaborative team consisting of Snøhetta, Rush Wright and Bryce Raworth for conservation advice. It’s fulfilling to know the fun we had followed through with a worthy celebration.

Liminal Architecture with Snohetta and Rush Wright on site and brainstorming for the design competition

Liminal Architecture with Snohetta and Rush Wright workshopping conceptual ideas for the design competition 01

Liminal Architecture with Snohetta and Rush Wright workshopping conceptual ideas for the design competition 02

More background information on the competition can be found on the links below.

For competition announcement details, click here.

For the design brief, click here.

News on the architectural teams shortlisted can be found here and here.