Mt Field Visitor Centre

Mt Field, Tasmania

Status :

Completed 2000

Photography :

Richard Eastwood

This development provides improved visitor amenities to one of Tasmania’s most loved and popular attractions—Mt Field National Park. The project consolidated a previously haphazard arrangement of Parks and Wildlife Service offices, visitor information, retail facilities and amenities into a single reception building with more accessible parking facilities.

The main goal of the development was to retain or enhance the natural and scenic qualities of the area. Careful consideration was given to locating the new building unobtrusively into the landscape, creating open, sunny spaces, shelter from the weather and areas that connect with the surrounding environment. The Park entry zone creates a transitional space between the built environment and native bush beyond, giving visitors a sense of arrival and moving into the Park.

The building is broken into a number of separately articulated, but related parts to minimise its impact on the site. The building design subtly reflects the forms, colours and materials of the Park, reinterpreting them in a contemporary manner. The new Visitor Centre and landscape design provides a stimulating and visually cohesive environment for visitors to develop an understanding of the biodiversity of the Park and the adjacent World Heritage Area.