Capsule hotel proposed at CBD site
A CAPSULE-style hotel has been proposed for a prominent heritage-listed site in central Hobart.
The unused building at the Gasworks site, at the intersection of Davey St, Macquarie St and the Tasman Highway, was bought by Rainbow Mountain Pty Ltd in 2014 for $1.9 million.
Local firm Maguire and Devine Architects, on behalf of the owners, has submitted a planning application to the Hobart City Council to change the use of the building to visitor accommodation, partial demolition and alterations for use as a capsule-style hotel.
The proposed hotel for the Gasworks site would feature 40 beds.
“The capsule-style of accommodation provides guests with good amenity and privacy, and accommodates far more guests than a traditional hotel in the same relative space,” the application states.
“The proposed use of the site is appropriate and consistent with an approach to maximise visitor accommodation in existing buildings, in the central business district of Hobart, close to visitor attractions and tourist transport options. This proposal is considered an environmentally sustainable use of the existing building to provide a higher density of accommodation, without the need for views, outlook or parking.”
Project architect Hugh Maguire said the affordable accommodation would appeal to a range of tourists and would feature common lounge areas plus shared bathrooms and laundry facilities.
He said there were no proposed changes to the external fabric of the building.
BED ROOMS: The Capsule Hotel Sydney, similar to what is proposed for the former Gasworks site in central Hobart.