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The project objective is to revitalise, adapt and activate the University of Tasmania (UTas) Forestry building, providing a new CBD location for the proposed anchor tenants of the College of Business and Economics (CoBE), School of Law and a component of University College, wrapping a refurbished winter garden.
The Forestry building is to be a highly connected, porous building of welcoming spaces that invite business and community access and use of its facilities whilst honouring the heritage component of the site. The building is to meet the operational, functional and aspirational requirements of key stakeholders. An urban design strategy to deliver on the sustainability principle is to expose the rivulet through a landscaped rear plaza and winter garden, connecting Brisbane Street to a future green spine on Melville Street.
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The design team have digested the University’s masterplan for Hobart CBD and have formulated three project pillars for the Forestry building that build off the extensive thinking already carried out by UTAS and their team.
“There’s an expansive sustainability story that we are feeding into the many layers of this project. For the Forestry Building we are looking ahead 50-100 years and thinking about how the choices we make now are going to play out then.”
Early site photographs.
For their collaboration on the University of Tasmania’s Forestry Building, design studio Woods Bagot and engineering and sustainability consultancy Arup are extending the horizon lines of architecture’s impact, factoring in a building’s end-of-life. This is design for deconstruction.
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