64 Hampden Rd, Battery Point
Sunday, Nov 13
Architects: Unknown (1838), Bence Mulcahy (2018)
Fusilier Cottage in Battery Point was built in the late 1830s for Angus McLeod, a Scottish musician and soldier. McLeod taught music from his home and also made it the headquarters for his Quadrille Band, which entertained crowds of Hobartians. Like McLeod, its new owners combine business and family under the one roof. In 2018, the local owners commissioned Tasmanian architects Bence Mulcahy to design a contemporary extension. The project involved repairing the existing cottage, creating office/retail space and visitor accommodation, and designing a new extension for the family’s living area.
The bluestone and sandstone cottage is full of Georgian charm, and its generous garden which opens to the street makes it a popular local landmark. The extension supports these unique characteristics: the new building is set within the garden, is smaller in scale than the cottage, has a flat roof, and is positioned so that views of the cottage from Hampden Road and Waterloo Crescent are protected. The facade of the new extension is designed to give the family opportunities both to remain private and to open their home to bustling Battery Point. Glass doors and timber screens can be used in various combinations to change how the cottage interacts with the street and garden.
“The extension has created a wonderful living space. It perfectly integrates the old and the new, and it reflects our love of Tasmania, of its built and natural heritage. It does that through the use of bluestone, vertical shiplap timber panelling, brass and skylights. We love the way the walls, comprised of layered vertical hydro-wood and sliding glass panels, allow us to play with the space – sometimes opening fully to the garden and the street, sometimes partially, and sometimes closed. The space feels light and expansive, and the interaction with the Battery Point community really gives us joy.”
– Fusilier Cottage owners Mark and Sopantini Heyward
Open: Sunday 13 November, 1 pm – 4 pm
Pre-separation Colonial (1836-1850)
History of Hobart
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