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Room by the Lake in Tasmania

Old 1940’s hydro electric station relives as comfy hotel embedded into Tasmanian Wilderness

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Stuart Gibson

A nature reserve, an immaculate landscape, the shimmering lake waters and a long concrete pier as the only link with dry land: here’s the key features of one of the most evocative, adventurous and peaceful hotels in the whole world: Pumphouse Point, which recently underwent a major restoration.

Photo: Sharyn Cairns

Floating right in the middle of Lake Saint Claire, in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the building traces back to the 1940’s and was originally constructed as part of Tasmania’s hydro electric scheme: developing into two separate Art Deco units, the structure was unused for more than twenty years and now relives as an actual temple of relaxation thanks to a renovation project by Cumulus Studio.

Photo: Adam Gibson

The restyling did focus on the adaptive reuse of two preexisting, heritage listed, off-form concrete architectures set right in the heart of wild nature. The Pumphouse, meaning the three-storey building lying at the end of a 250 m concrete flume that provides its only connection to land, once housed massive pump turbines which are now replaced by a total of twelve guest-suites out of the eighteen actually comprised within the whole structure. Rooms are arranged within the concrete building perimeter, with all the communal spaces being gathered at the core of the property. Large picture windows allow for great indoor-outdoor communication.  

Photo: Adam Gibson

Set by the edge of the lake, The Shorehouse used to accommodate offices and a maintenance workshop for the turbines; nowadays, it includes six further guest-suites, the prep kitchen, the main communal lounge and dining room.

 

Photo: Adam Gibson

The exteriors of the buildings were mainly kept untouched in order to preserve the high heritage value of the site. On the contrary, interiors radiate a comfortable, charming yet essential feel, and deliver a mix of neutral chromatic palette, untreated hardwood and exposed servicing pipework inspired to contemporary minimalism. 

Photo: Adam Gibson

From December onwards, the most daring of you can book their stay at the Retreat, a fresh new shed into the wild where to flee the city’s hustle and bustle and enjoy modern comfort and quiet nature. 

Photo: Adam Gibson

pumphousepoint.com.au 

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by Francesco Marchesi / 6 December 2017

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