With its five-storey rubber tree encased in a glass stairwell and a mosaic façade reminiscent of Mondrian, Bathurst Street’s Construction House is one of Hobart’s modernist icons. Construction House’s ground floor forms a recessive base, whereby the main bulk of the building appears disconnected from the ground. But it’s the building ceramic tile façade – by the Tasmanian artist Max Angus after Mondrian – and its stairwell that are the stars of this building. Recessed from the façade, the stairwell is fronted by a curtain wall of glass – the perfect growing conditions for a rubber tree to really flourish. If you make like Jack and the Beanstalk and take a wander up the stairs, where will you end up?
Address: 116 Bathurst St, Hobart
Open: 1 pm – 4 pm, Saturday 11 November
Highlights: Five-storey rubber tree. Mondrian mosaic.
Building specs: BUILDING TYPE: post-war international office building YEAR BUILT: 1956 ARCHITECTS: Bush Parkes Shugg & Moon