Cumulus Studio has adapted two unique Art Deco heritage buildings situated on the banks of Australia's deepest lake within the Tasmanian wilderness to create an enviable eco retreat. The new green hotel celebrates sustainable materials and environmental stewardship, offering a low impact getaway with a touch of old school glamour.
Tasmania embarked on a hydro-electric power experiment in the 1940s. After decommissioning, the pumphouse and office buildings at Lake St Clair were abandoned for over 20 years, until Cumulus Studio were able to work their magic on the properties.
Two-hundred-fifter metres of concrete walkway stretches from the shoreline to create a grand entrance to the Deco turbine house, which now shelters 12 guest suites over three stories. On the shore, the former office building now contains six rooms. The exterior remains almost unchanged, still indicating the passage of time, so that when you enter the revamped interior there’s a real sense of transformation. “From inception we envisaged that the Pumphouse Point redevelopment should encapsulate rugged simplicity and unrefined comfort,” stated the architects.
Lounges on two floors focus on large log-burning fires and fine uninterrupted views of the water. Locally-sourced rough-sawed hardwood planks line the circulation and communal areas. Within the hotel suites finer veneer panels and exposed copper plumbing create a more gentle atmosphere. On a grey day the muted hues of the interiors complement the subtle greens and blues of this pristine natural habitat. It’s an ideal refuge from Tasmania‘s sometimes extreme climate, designed to attract the more adventurous independent traveler. The thousands of kilometers of trails invite you to lace up your hiking boots and wander deep into the fjord-like lakeside to explore the mossy tracks stretching deep into giant myrtle forests.
Images via Adam Gibson, Stuart Gibson and Sharyn Cairns