Moss is a boutique hotel located across several addresses in Salamanca Place, the very heart of Hobart. The hotel is the result of the recycling of the upper floors of several of Hobart’s most historic properties, in order to create an appropriate new use for spaces that have been left largely redundant for many decades.
There are two distinct addresses, Nos. 39/41 and No.25. The overall concept is to bring Tasmania’s wilderness right into the very heart of Hobart’s urban environment. As much as possible, plants from the nearby natural reserves have been installed as green ‘living’ walls and unexpected indoor gardens outside the newly inserted guest rooms.
No.39/41 is the upper two floors of Hobart’s most historic pub, linked in with the upper floors of the adjacent ‘turn of the century’ building that now houses Salamanca’s main supermarket tucked in behind its historic brick façade. Linking the two buildings and inserting guest suites in the attic has created a new hotel of 20 individual unique suites, each reflecting as much as possible the character of the original building fabric. Where there have been subsequent uses, such as a nightclub, the poster covered walls have been preserved.
The result integrates the past in a vibrant new way, bringing both natural planted elements and historic building fabric together as a very desirable tourism destination.
Award for Commercial Architecture
AIA Tasmanian Chapter