Shorehouse Addition at Pumphouse Point
Project NamePumphouse Point Shorehouse Addition, Tasmania, by JAWS Architects
Photographer DetailsAdam Gibson
The newly instated addition to the historic Shorehouse building is connected to the existing structure via a minimal glazed walkway. The modern and historic accomodation facilities are juxtaposed and clearly defined, while maintaining as much of the historic fabric as possible.
The Pumphouse Point accomodation retreat occupies a unique site within the World Heritage listed Tasmanian wilderness, right by Lake St Clair. A former hydro-electric power plant, the area has been revegetated and transitioned into a guest house.
Black stained vertical timber boards and cement fibre sheeting make up an elegant and cohesive material palette. Large tinted windows create sweeping views across Lake St Clair and the surrounding hinterland. The dark shades of the new addition clearly define it from the existing Shorehouse building, which sits brightly adjacent, maintaining a focus on the history. The original building is a reinforced concrete HEC industrial building.
The building was prefabricated offsite and trucked to Pumphouse Point to be craned into position. JAWS decided upon a prefab build in order to minimise disturbance to the sensitive location, avoid delays in construction from the harsh winter weather, and allow a higher degree of craftsmanship in a controlled environment. Transporting materials to the isolated location was another factor, with prefab providing the ability to source materials locally from larger towns and transport the whole building in one go.
Vertical timber weatherboards have been stained black to produce a recessive and harmonious facade. The subdued palette soften the building into the landscape, allowing the historic Shorehouse building to take the lead.
Untreated rough sawn silvertop ash timber was used for the decking, and will naturally grey off over time, creating a contrast to the dark cladding.
Inspiration for the interior takes reference from the immediate surrounding landscape, and the industrial heritage of the area. A rich palette of materials make up a warm and earthy space.
The Tasmanian oak lined ceiling creates dynamic lines that accentuate the line of sight to the views. The tones of the material reflect those of the landscape. Local artisanal furnishings and custom joinery give a nod to the quality of craftsmanship prevalent in Tasmania. Torched Tasmanian oak was used by local craftsman Simon Ancher. An inherent devotion to natural processes and fine materials define the building, and the Tasmanian industry.
As the location is the star of the show at Pumphouse Point, gathering guests in a space that celebrates the context was the main goal. Carefully considered orientation and maximising glazing proved successful in generating an intriguing space for guests to experience Tasmania uninhibited.