fjmt's transformation of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery takes original buildings as artefacts of the wider exhibition
Australian firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) have shared their stunning renovation project at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) with WAN. This sensitive redevelopment project has already been very well received on our Facebook site, where one image of the wooden spiral staircase was shared almost 300 times.
The $30m scheme has provided 2,000 sq m of new public space and exhibition facilities across three floors at the TMAG, with a new visitor entranceway inserted at the historic Watergate entrance.
The original gallery incorporated a series of significant buildings, some of which are recognised as the earliest surviving European structures in Tasmania. fjmt were keen to preserve these buildings as artefacts in their own right, viewing the structures ‘as much an important part of the TMAG collection as the contents of the exhibits themselves’.
As a result, the now refreshed TMAG is home to an expanded programme of historical objects and materials with a design that draws directly from this extensive collection. A meandering walkway snakes across an open-air plaza, providing a smooth pedestrian walkway which culminates in an area to sit and enjoy refreshments under a sheltered canopy.
Internally, a contemporary bridge structure twists across one wall of a double-height volume. The materials used here speak to the existing building form, providing a contrast to the original space but not detracting from the historic materiality of the room.