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Peppermint Bay / TERROIR

  • Architects: TERROIR
  • Location: Hobart, Australia
  • Architects: TERROIR
  • Budget: $1.9M
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman

From the architect. Peppermint Bay provides a threshold for visitors to the inspiring landscape south of Hobart - Australia's southern-most capital city. The winding journey by boat or car to the peninsula is continued at the site in a labyrinthine path through the garden, culminating at a 100 year old oak tree. In addition to its function as path, this path structures the building's internal arrangement and for further development of the site and garden over time.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

An elongated entry space connecting carpark and garden commences the on-site journey. Glimpses are provided to the kitchen, bar and restaurant spaces beyond. One side of the path is described by a timber container harbouring entry points to the public areas and which provides for a series of poche spaces for service areas and stores. The public spaces beyond the wall are divided into three zones, each of which has a precise and different relationship to the landscape.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

A grey metal landscape results from the gathering of all roof and wall elements, exhausts, and entry and exit sequences into a single folded plate. This landscape contrasts with the lush interior - recalling the interplay of inner and outer as explored in the work of Parent and Virilio and later Nouvel. At a pragmatic level, this strategy resolved issues of building a cheap building - a "zippered up" exterior using traditional shed materials and a more luxuriant yet restrained interior where the detailing could be more exploratory and invited less risk.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The front of the roof plate opens to a complex glazed wall between the public spaces and views beyond and provides an overall form and facade pattern responsive to this unique Tasmanian setting. At its most focused engagement - with the oak tree that sits at the centre of the building geometry - the work of C.D Freidrich and Munch (and the links between these works as outlined in Rosenblum) is recalled in the frontal engagement with this element.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

As in Kahn's famous sketch of the room, the building engages with an other - in this case the other is landscape and completes the composition.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
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