Tall Timbers

Smithton, lutruwita / Tasmania

Status :

Completed 2006

Photography :

Tall Timbers’ existing facility has a robust architectural style exhibiting a strong timber image which culturally reflects the forestry industry of the region. JAWS Architects was engaged to augment and improve on the tourism delivery of the foremost tourism provider on the northwest coast.

The additional development at Tall Timbers presented an exciting opportunity to reinforce the image of an idyllic pastoral setting on the verge of the wilderness. Eight accommodation units are located on the banks of the ornamental lake, the large expanses of glass accentuating the feeling of openness with high ceilings and light reflecting off the lake. Individual units retain privacy through separation, landscaping and screening. The roof form bears a relationship to the existing structures, but with a butterfly pitch.

Sited on the grassy plain to the north east of the main building, the new recreation facilities complement the units. This building is more liberal and free in form with flowing lines and a curved roof profile that relates to the rolling hills beyond. The pool and gym open out to encompass the landscape; a glassy, minimal transition between inside and out.

The pool is utilised as a hydro-therapy pool and supplemented by generally day time usage by hotel guests, reinforcing its ‘specialness’ as premium recreation orientated accommodation.