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Tasmanian House

The world is in the midst of housing and environmental crises. The Tasmanian House is an attempt to address some of the problems we face with a combination of traditional and innovative design approaches.

The core of the building’s design is the notion of locality, regionality and “Tasmanian-ness”. 

The design language of this modest private residence is an interpretation of what we believe to be the most beautiful and fitting of Tasmanian precedents: the Georgian period vernacular. 

To the maximum extent possible the building utilises raw, untreated and locally sourced materials, such as individually sourced native and plantation timbers or sheep wool insulation. Imported and synthetic materials were minimised to bare compliance with the Australian Building Code. Paints and chemical treatments were dispensed with entirely by design and selection of appropriate timber species.

If furniture and few other components were removed, the building can gradually decompose and eventually become a certifiable organic garden.

This small cabin represents the first phase of a larger family house, designed to exist comfortably either as one or two independent residential units.

The building demonstrates the ability of the island state to be wholly self-sufficient in bulk construction materials at the time of widespread international supply shortages.

It was built commercially by a building company, at cost similar to the cheapest project home.