Pumphouse Point: New Eco-Lodge in Remote Central Tasmania

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Pumphouse Point is a new eco-lodge in remote Central Tasmania. Situated on Lake St Clair, the boutique accommodation offers it’s guests a truly immersive wilderness experience. Designed by architects Cumulus Studio, it’s a great example of progressive Tasmanian architecture.

Description by Cumulus Studio: The project involved the adaptive reuse of Pumphouse Point into a wilderness retreat. The existing heritage listed, art-deco style buildings – ‘The Pumphouse’ and ‘The Shorehouse’ – were constructed in the 1940s as part of Tasmania’s hydro electric scheme and are positioned within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The two buildings had been unused for over twenty years before works began.

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Eighteen new guest suites, communal lounge areas and a shared dining area have been inserted within the existing off-form concrete building envelopes. From inception we envisaged that the Pumphouse Point redevelopment should encapsulate rugged simplicity and unrefined comfort. Through its design the new redevelopment attempts to build on the sense of arrival and place inherent in the unique location whilst alluding to the site’s history through material selection and construction detailing.

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In keeping with best heritage practice and the values of the World Heritage Area in which it is located, the design is focused on environmental stewardship, sustainability and minimal site impact. Photos by Adam Gibson, Sharyn Cairns and Stuart Gibson.

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