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A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania


Australian firm Room11 creates a viewing structure that helps visitors understand their surroundings.

On Tasmania’s shoreline, Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park—a nearly two-mile-long promenade—threads its way through the landscape, leading to a low-slung concrete-and-glass viewing pavilion. The minimalist 2,400-square-foot design completed in 2013 edits the panorama and invites visitors to view portions of Elwick Bay through a poetic, structural lens. “We think of architecture as a tool that manipulates human perception,” says Room11’s Thomas Bailey, the project’s lead architect. He uses the opaque portions of the building to block the least essential elements of the vista, framing the northern exposure with vibrant crimson glass. “We can also apply the thought process to other parts of the physical world: wind, shadows, the movement of the sun,” he says. “This heightens the experience when compared to simply standing on the site observing the view—this is the delight of architecture.”

Robust yet cost-effective wood, concrete, glass, and stainless steel comprise Tasmania’s Glenorchy Art and Sculpture...
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"Our role as architects is to produce architecture for a given place," Bailey says.
A vibrant walkway traverses the shoreline and connects open park land, wetlands, and bird habitat.
“We think of architecture as a tool that manipulates human perception,” Bailey says.
Room11 carefully considered how visitors experience the site from various entry points.
"From the southern approach, you head toward a tunnel; every step tells you that you know what you are going to...
Green glass on the ceiling tempers views of the sky overhead.
"When distilled to its essence, buildings have the essential issue of walls," Bailey says.
The viewing platform catilevers over Elwick Bay.