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Van Bone Restaurant

February 10, 2021

Our Interior Designer Laura has a passion for designing restaurants and bars. We are excited to announce that this month she will be opening Van Bone Restaurant on Friday the 19th as a co-director! The interior design is warm and welcoming, yet intimate and highly experiential. The journey through the building is highly choreographed, a small dark entry foyer building anticipation before opening into the main restaurant space. Communal dining, an open kitchen where everything is cooked on fire and grand sweeping views are an ideal way to enjoy a set menu degustation cooked by her partner, chef Tim Hardy. We are so excited to dine @vanbone_restaurant

Photography: Adam Gibson



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Will Harkness elected as AIA Tasmanian chapter councillor

January 18, 2021

Congratulations to Will Harkness on being elected as a Tasmanian Chapter Councillor of the Australian Institute of Architects.

As a part of the Chapter Council, he will be working alongside the other councillors and AIA staff to guide the Tasmanian Chapter’s policy and program agenda over a two year term.


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Neal Mackintosh named fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects

January 8, 2021

Congratulations to our Director Neal Mackintosh, for recently being elevated to a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

“Australian Institute of Architects Fellowships are given to members who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the architecture profession beyond architecture practice.

Neal is an experienced senior practitioner and has been working in both Tasmania and Victoria for the last 30 years. He has practiced with JAWS Architects, where he is now a managing director, after commencing as a graduate. Neal registered as an architect in Tasmania in 1993 and his outstanding design skills have contributed to a number of design awards, both in Tasmania and Victoria. Neal’s broad experience covers residential, commercial, and institutional, and he responds to design issues with creativity and sensitivity to issues of place, producing work that expresses a strong connection between architecture and the landscape.

Neal has been actively involved in the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects for over 25 years and has served as both chair and member of many committees over this time, including the Tasmanian Chapter Membership Committee. He was a Chapter Councillor from 200 until 2008, held the role of Chapter President between 2005 – 2007, and served as Honorary Treasurer at National Council in the same period. He has leant his expertise to several juries, including the Victorian Chapter Architecture Awards Public Buildings Jury in 2015, and was the Jury Chair for the Tasmanian Architecture Awards in 2018. Neal has, and continues to be, a Board of Architects / AACA assessor, and currently sits on the Tasmanian Chapter Awards Task Group”.

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Tasmanian Architecture 2020 – Interior Architecture Chapter Award

June 15, 2020

JAWS Interiors along with JAWS Architects are thrilled that the Legislative Council Chamber received a 2020 Chapter Award for Interior Architecture.


Thank you to our clients and consultants, we are so proud of the outcome for these modifications to this significant heritage place.


The Tasmanian Jury commented, “JAWS Interiors in collaboration with JAWS Architects have meticulously adapted the 1856 Tasmanian Legislative Council Chambers to bring the internalised space up to 21st century working standards….. The architects are to be commended for their subtle insertions within the highly intact and significant Victorian interior. The project is an exemplar of a sympathetic response to upgrading civic spaces”.




VOS Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd – Builder

Andrew Sutherland Consulting Engineers – Lighting Consultant

Upholstery Rehab – Upholstery

Michael Small Pty Ltd – Access Consultant

Southern Lighting & Distribution – Lighting Supplier


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Croydon Town Square

March 25, 2020

JAWS Architects in association with Hansen Partnership were engaged as a part of Maroondah City Council’s ongoing commitment to providing public spaces and facilities that accommodate the diverse needs of the community.

This new, dynamic and flexible space provides a high level of amenity, allowing traders and the community to meet, engage and participate in activities designed to strengthen the local community and create a civic ‘heart’ of Croydon.
Our role was to design the new public toilets, change area and clock tower within the Croydon Town Square.


Photography by Andrew Lloyd

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Meet the 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards Jury

March 18, 2020

Meet the 2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards Jury:

Lucy Burke-Smith (Jury Chair) RAIA | @purcell.architecture
Bevan Rees FRAIA | Bevan Rees Architect
Will Harkness RAIA | @jawsarchitects
Bek Verrier RAIA | @bencemulcahy
Bernadette Wilson | @dia_national

Official presentations to the jury will be held on Saturday 29 February from 10am – 4.30pm.

Register your interest here:

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Now complete

March 18, 2020

Kingston Beach is a highly utilised recreational space for the Kingborough municipality, especially popular during the warmer summer months. The beach is home to the Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club and a focus for many water-based events and community activities.

JAWS Architects was engaged by Kingborough Council to prepare a Master Plan to guide redevelopment of a site adjacent to the beach, containing a decrepit toilet block which needed replacing. The commission not only included the design and documentation of new all-access toilets, showers and changeroom facilities, but to also facilitate co-location of storage and support facilities for the Surf Club to assist with their beach patrol service.

The buildings are straight-forward and robust, sitting on a plinth and pushed to the southern boundary to provide an active, open and sunny forecourt, with hand basins and showers placed under a timber shade structure.

Pedestrian and vehicle movements are separated, with bicycle racks available for both public and surf club use.

A pre-cast concrete base provides a continuous datum, with open timber slats providing security and allowing natural light and ventilation above the cubicles.

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Progress Update

March 18, 2020

More progress shots of the Nicholas Drive Residence.

The external cladding now complete.

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Pumphouse Point Featured by Hunting For George.

March 18, 2020

Great to see our Pumphouse Point Retreat & Shorehouse Addition projects featured by Hunting for George.

Link available here:


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