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.
According to Peter, ‘a good building is something that is total, not fashionable and not superficial. Something which is of its place, its time, and is honest in its construction. Buildings are about a sense of place and people and we can’t have enduring architecture without a supportive community who have an understanding of the architecture, along with sympathetic owners.’
Peter sees Open House Hobart as an opportunity for architects to share their work. ‘The program gives the profession a chance to display its wares to the public. In the case of the Supreme Court, it provides them with a opportunity to open their door and encourage a greater public understanding through the building and its celebrated architecture.’