Eye-catching to say the least, this is one of Launceston’s post-modern gems! An operating eye diagnostic clinic and surgery, the building is interestingly the recycling of a defunct petrol station, with the operating theatre in the site of the original service hoist. Designed by prominent Tasmanian architect, Robert Morris-Nunn, the exterior was designed to echo the adjacent large bluestone walls. Its vast curve tells the internal story of a plan that reflects the Eye of Horus, with the eye as a consistent motif and visual reference found throughout the building. This building is both delightful and sublime.
Address: 262 Charles St, Launceston
Open: Pre-booked tours only, Saturday 8 September.
Highlights: Working eye hospital with eye motifs throughout, tour lead by original architect, Robert Morris-Nunn.
Tours: Pre-booked tours only at 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm (20 mins tour). Bookings essential. Stair access only to roof - prams and wheelchair access to ground floor only.
Building specs: Type: Eye Hospital. Built: 1993. Architect: Robert Morris-Nunn.