Comprising a row of waterfront warehouses dating back to the 1820s, the Henry Jones Art Hotel is another Circa Morris-Nunn award-winning development. The boutique art hotel that occupies the site showcases 200 years of industrial history and more than 500 pieces of contemporary Tasmanian art, with a glass atrium at its heart that also doubles as the hotel’s heat pump. Jam baron Henry Jones got his start here pasting labels onto jam tins at the tender age of twelve. He took over the business in 1889 and by the time of his death in 1926, Jones’s IXL brand was a household name around the world, his Hobart factory stretching 300 metres along Hunter Street – from the purpose-built 1911 production factory at its eastern limit (now the University of Tasmania’s School of Art) to Davey Street at its western end. Inside the plush hotel rooms you can see many elements of the original warehouses – the rough stone and brick walls, huge wonky posts and beams and fragments of wallpaper. The atrium’s glazed roof rises from two to three storeys over its length and, at its edge, you can see three huge tapered fabric cylinders that suck up the warm air trapped in the atrium and convey it to the hotel rooms.
Address: 25 Hunter St, Hobart
Open: 10am-4pm, Saturday 5 November and Sunday 6 November (public spaces only)
Highlights: 200 years of industrial heritage, art collection
Tours: Pre-booked tours only at 10am & 2pm both days (45 mins tours). Bookings essential
Building specs: Type: Converted warehouses, factory buildings and hotel; Built: 1860, 2005; Architects: Unknown, Circa Morris-Nunn