SPRING BAY MILL
Spring Bay Mill in Triabunna, Tasmania is a multiple stage, 40 hectare site-wide regeneration of what was once the world's largest wood chipping facility into a culture and environment oriented events venue. We are responsible for the design of the site wide master plan along with a range of alterations and additions to existing buildings and a number of new buildings and structures dotted around the site.
Our scope includes reworking the entrance including stripping down the former Weighbridge building to become a garden folly, the Banksia Room - a 250 seat function space in the former Administration building, The Tin Shed - a 230 seat performance space in the old machine servicing shed, a large capacity outdoor Amphitheatre (with giant sundial) set in and around the former slew footing, shared amenities and gathering spaces for the Glamping Field, and a forthcoming group accommodation building named the Ridge Quarters.
To deliver this truly unique project, we have been working closely with Marcus Ragus who is leading the integrated site wide landscape design and revegetation, Dillon Builders who are across all aspects of site infrastructure upgrade and general construction, Futago the project graphic designers, and of course the board of Spring Bay Mill, a wonderful bunch of ratbags and provocateurs driving this bold and daring post-industrial repair and regeneration project.
For the interior of the Banksia Room, we collaborated with Studio Ferri and furniture maker Laura McCusker.
2021 Australian Institute of Architects Tasmanian Chapter Architecture Awards:
> THE BARRY MCNEILL AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
JURY CITATION: Once the largest woodchipping facility in the world, the Spring Bay Mill has been transformed into an events venue with a strong cultural and environmental focus. An iterative process between client and architect, has allowed for the exploration and testing of opportunities to foster social, environmental and economic sustainability. An evolving multi-stage masterplan embraces sustainability principles of loose fit, long life and low energy in diverse and interesting ways.
> THE ROY SHARRINGTON SMITH AWARD FOR HERITAGE ARCHITECTURE
JURY CITATION: "Spring Bay Mill is a civic minded piece of re-adaptive architecture built to provide important regenerative infrastructure to the East Coast. Engaging with social history and presenting future reinterpretations through varying art forms, performances and landscape. The architects have worked hard to integrate innovative program strategies to enhance the performance of the existing buildings into workable spaces without losing the integrity of their industrial past. From the big picture to the smallest details, Gilby + Brewin Architecture have remained focussed on the principles of Heritage.
> AWARD FOR PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE
JURY CITATION: Gilby + Brewin’s long term collaboration with client is key to the project’s success. Together they have transformed a destructive industrial site into a place of diverse and productive social, cultural and environmental activities integrating civil works, landscape, architecture, way finding and lighting. The jury applauds this project which creates a carefully structured sequence guiding the visitors between a series of new spaces that accommodate events of different types and scales.
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Photographs 1, 2 and 4_ Richard Jupe