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GASP! Stage 1 / Room11

  • 01:00 - 8 January, 2014
GASP! Stage 1 / Room11
GASP! Stage 1 / Room11, © Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

© Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking © Ben Hosking + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Derwent Haven, Rosetta TAS 7010, Australia
  • Client

    Glenorchy City Council
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

The Glenorchy Arts and Sculpture Park, GASP!, is Room 11’s first foray into public architecture.  Along the River Derwent in Glenorchy, Tasmania, Room 11 has built a colourfully calibrated public walkway which deftly links previously marginalised, but surprisingly beautiful sections of foreshore.

Site Plan
Site Plan

“We move on from nostalgic visions of place making and embrace interstitial ‘spaces’ with relish. “ states Thomas Bailey.

© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

Abundant birdlife and the silky surface of the river are able to be closely inspected as one walks the gentle arc which links an existing school, playground, major entrainment centre and rowing club.


Punctuating the arc are two carefully crafted pavilions which offer shelter, seating and a location to pause and consider the water plane and sky.

© Ben Hosking
© Ben Hosking

The staged project was the result of a limited design competition in 2010. Stage 2,  a subsequent pavilion and concrete courtyard upon a redundant industrial platform has recently been completed. Maniacal blunt forms frame and command the superlative Tasmanian landscape.

GASP! has been conceived as a ribbon along which contemporary art events and installations can occur, the new architecture is an important feature of this.  Turner Prize winning Artist Susan Phillipz was commissioned by GASP!, to undertake the inaugural art project, The Waters Twine an 8 channel sound project embedded into the boardwalk in March 2013. Further events and installations are now underway.

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Cite: "GASP! Stage 1 / Room11" 08 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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