TERROIR's Smith St (ware)house was named the winner of the 2009 Tasmanian Architecture Awards Residential Architecture (houses, new) category.
The jury wrote:
Hidden behind an industrial brick facade signed 'Hobart Hot Water Centre' exists an uncompromising residential refurbishment. The challenge to maintain the former industrial character of the building and meet the demands for one's own family home has resulted in an exceptionally detailed residence.
The choice of materials has been informed by the building's former life, providing a robust coherence. Playful details, such as the rock climbing grips or the folding back of materials revealing family activity, provide a welcome contrast tot he architect's well-executed, formal vigour.
The architect has made the most of the opportunities that presented themselves throughout the construction process. The ability to be open to discoveries and integrate them in the overall design, achieves unique results.
The adaptation is a good example of a cost effective development with design integrity bringing new life to a slowly receding industrial area.