Not just for the archi-nerds, the Design Tasmania building is a true celebration of contemporary Tasmanian culture. An extension to the existing heritage listed Price Hall, this adaptive re-use and addition, designed by architects David Travalia, Richard Leplastrier and team, houses the Tasmanian Wood Design Collection. A concept envisioned by Gary Cleveland, the building intends to promote exquisite Tasmanian timbers, and an understanding of the importance of design – it does this in spades and is one of Launceston’s pride and joys! A celebration of good design and reliable craftsmanship, this building is something that embodies all the ideals of civic pride. Come along and chat to architect David Travalia, or wander at your own pace and check out the detailed concrete gutter beam, the intricate and clever timber ceiling, the courtyard under the Chinese elm tree, along with checking out the current exhibition.

Image: Chris Creaer

Address: Corner Brisbane St & Tamar Street, Launceston

Open: 11am - 3pm, Saturday 8 September.

Highlights: Adaptive reuse of an existing hall with additional gallery space, timber ceilings and concrete gutter beams.

Building specs: Type: Converted church and gallery space. Extension and refit: 1991. Architect: David Travalia, Richard Leplastrier and team.

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