Supreme Court Of Tasmania

1 Salamanca Place, Hobart


Architect: Department of Public Works, Peter Partridge (1970s)

The Supreme Court of Hobart is an exemplary, enduring piece of public architecture that makes a poised contribution to the city of Hobart. The plaza between the two court buildings creates a diagonal landscape link between St David’s Park, the adjacent Parliament House and the Sullivans Cove waterfront. The Court strives to combine the Modernist concept of an ‘alien object floating in the landscape’ with contextual regard to the neighbouring buildings and street.

Join Supreme Court judges and architect, Peter Partridge, on a unique guided tour of the highest court in the state, which includes court rooms, underground tunnels and criminal holding cells. Inside, marvel at the Modernist details and exquisite Tasmanian timber joinery of the court rooms while judges share their insight into the judicial process.

The Supreme Court, Hobart, by Department of Public Works/Peter Partridge won the 25 Year Award for Enduring Architecture at the Australian Institute of Architect’s 2010 National Architecture Awards.

Tour: Saturday 11  November 2023, 11:30 am + Sunday 12 November 2023,  12:30 pm

Duration: 1.5 hours

Note: Due to security requirements this tour requires full name of each attendee. Please provide on booking.


*  On Saturday, 11 November, Open House Hobart asks everyone to observe a minute silence at 11 am for Remembrance Day.




Building Type


Architectural Period

Late Twentieth Century (1961-2000)


Architectural Design

History of Hobart


Level Changes

Stair Access Only

Peter Partridge

As the architect of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, Peter Partridge enjoys sharing the building he designed with visitors to Open House Hobart. He has been hosting popular tours there, along with Supreme Court judges, since 2014. Registering as an architect in the United Kingdom in 1967, Peter moved his practice to Australia in 1969. He registered as an architect in Tasmania in 1971 and began work on the Supreme Court Complex, which was recognised with both the state and national Australian Institute of Architects Enduring Architecture Awards in 2010. Read more

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