The Port Arthur Historic Site looms large in the historical and tourism landscapes of Tasmania, and greater Australia. The site is one of 11 Australian convict sites to be included on the World Heritage List, and offers a unique experience to visitors.
Cumulus Studio has been engaged by Federal Group to design a luxury hotel to sit on the edge of the historic site, replacing the existing motel. The building is designed to have minimal visual impact on the Port Arthur site, while offering guests panoramic views across the ruins to the water beyond.
Two single-storey buildings will house 20-suites, along with a restaurant, lounge, bar and day spa, and are separated by a contemplative courtyard. The design will reflect some of the values of the historic site, with an understated and grounded design, while still offering a unique, luxurious guest experience.