Cer­ti­fied cy­press a ro­bust choice for ho­tel on his­toric site in Ho­bart

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Tar­chi­tects en­joyed as­sur­ance that tim­ber was not only of op­ti­mum qual­ity but was sourced from a for­est ex­er­cis­ing best prac­tice in sus­tain­abil­ity. Har­ness­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural spirit of the sur­round­ing pier build­ings, Macq01 is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of how tim­ber can be used to link old and new vis­ually while recog­nis­ing the crit­i­cal im­por­tance of best prac­tice in sus­tain­able forestry. And it pays tribute to the past with­out com­pro­mis­ing our forests’ fu­ture. to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and only spec­ify cer­ti­fied tim­bers. This is par­tic­u­larly the case in Tas­ma­nia where for­est prac­tices are at the fore­front of pub­lic con­scious­ness. “Pub­lic build­ings, or those com­mer­cial build­ings with a pub­lic in­ter­face such as Macq01, are in­creas­ingly be­ing con­structed us­ing tim­ber and chain of cus­tody is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of this pub­lic aware­ness.” Us­ing tim­ber from Hur­ford Whole­sale, a tim­ber mill cer­ti­fied by Re­spon­si­ble Wood, the that runs through the cen­tral space on each level of the ho­tel pro­vid­ing an open­ing for nat­u­ral day­light from above. Ex­ter­nally and in­ter­nally it is tim­ber which de­fines the ho­tel’s char­ac­ter. Circa Mor­ris Nunn di­rec­tor Robert Mor­ris Nunn ex­plains the im­por­tance of spec­i­fy­ing cer­ti­fied tim­ber: “Circa Mor­ris Nunn has a proud his­tory of in­no­va­tive tim­ber use. As the value of tim­ber as a sus­tain­able con­struc­tion ma­te­rial be­comes more widely known it is im­por­tant for us, as ar­chi­tects, wharf piles which pre­vi­ously sup­ported a sin­gle-storey shed. Tim­ber cladding and deck­ing around a steel frame was a light­weight so­lu­tion which in no way com­pro­mised on qual­ity and ap­peared more inkeep­ing with the his­toric water­front lo­ca­tion. White cy­press with Re­spon­si­ble Wood ac­cred­i­ta­tion was selected for its ro­bust char­ac­ter­is­tics and abil­ity to ‘grey-off’ and age grace­fully in a ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment. Tim­ber was selected for the deck­ing and for a large cen­tral ver­ti­cal atrium func­tional con­struc­tion such as the vi­su­al­ly­heavy tim­ber fram­ing of the build­ing. The in­te­gra­tion of the new ho­tel with its neigh­bour­ing her­itage build­ings has been held up by Ho­bart com­mu­nity groups as a lead­ing ex­am­ple of how old and new can co-ex­ist in this his­toric lo­ca­tion. As well as solv­ing chal­lenge of seam­lessly blend­ing old and new, tim­ber was selected as the pre­ferred ma­te­rial for cladding and deck­ing to deal with the weight-bear­ing lim­i­ta­tions of ex­ist­ing con­crete he ex­pres­sion ‘if these walls could talk’ could well ap­ply to the new Macq 01 Ho­tel on Ho­bart’s water­front. How­ever, there is lit­tle about the out­ward ap­pear­ance of this stylish con­tem­po­rary 114-suite ho­tel to sug­gest its lo­ca­tion’s dark past, al­though the in­te­ri­ors fea­ture quirky images of the colour­ful char­ac­ters who once eked out a liv­ing here. On closer in­spec­tion, there are de­tails in­tro­duced by ar­chi­tects Circa Mor­ris Nunn that re­flect the pier’s ro­bust,

Re­li­able choice. White cy­press was used for the cladding of the skin, bal­conies and ground floor deck­ing of the stylish Macq 01 Ho­tel on Ho­bart’s water­front.

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