Brooke Street Ferry Terminal

Location Hobart, TAS, Australia
Services Building services engineering and sustainable design
Sector Lifestyle, Infrastructure
Client Brooke St Pier Development Corp
Architect Circa Morris-Nunn
Imagery © Circa Morris-Nunn

Caimin McCabe

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This project recreates the former Brooke Street Pier with a modern and innovative floating terminal for use by ferries and cruise ships to service facilities such as MONA and Peppermint Bay.  This new waterside tourist and transport hub encompasses ticketing, cafes, restaurants, office and waiting spaces that offer the visitor a unique interface between land and water operations.

Floating on a concrete platoon, the enclosed terminal rises and falls with the tide, meaning that the structure will never be affected by global warming, although it is low and close to the waterline.  With the barge floor height matching the majority of ferry vessels, disruption with access to vessels is minimised.

The three levels above the concrete pontoon have a building form that is sympathetic to the surrounding heritage buildings in Hobart’s Sullivans Cove.  It is also bound by a transparent/translucent external façade which comprises of a combination of externally shaded glazing and clear / nano gel filled polycarbonate sheeting that offers extremely high thermal and solar control properties.

An integral part of the design of the structure has been the consideration and integration of energy conservation and climatically responsive measures. The building is designed to adopt a ‘mixed mode’ approach to comfort control so that it can be naturally ventilated when conditions are suitable, taking advantage of the prevailing climate. The air conditioning system gets its heating and cooling demands using a seawater heat exchange.

  • 2015 AIA Architecture Award, Tasmanian Chapter - Commercial Architecture

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