CERTIFIED CYPRESS A ROBUST CHOICE
The 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, 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 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 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, 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 architects 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.
On the waterfront. Timber is an important contextual cue to the working nature of this Hobart port.
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.