Tasmanian Times


Mawson Place 14.11.09: Set in Concrete


In 2001 Mawson Place, Constitution Dock, Hobart, won a commendation for landscape design from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in the Victorian and Tasmanian State Awards.

The jury said that it was ‘pleased to see significant work being achieved at Constitution Dock after years of indecision. The design resolution is bold. The seats modelled on stacks of wood delivered to the wharf side are an excellent design resolution’.

The intention was to evoke Antarctica, with references to the Hobart port’s maritime and industrial history. Materials and finishes were described as being ‘vandal and maritime resistant’.

Tornado proof can now be added.

Cross beams have now joined uprights in squat solidity.

The latest additions were initiated by the Hobart City Council’s City Services Committee, chaired by Ron Christie. The references to ‘Shade Cloth Areas’ in debate over several years gave no hint of the nature of their supporting structures.

Whatever goes atop all this will never blow away.

So here’s hoping it is a concoction of utter beauty.

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  1. stephen

    November 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Notwithstanding the clear waste of steel, when I saw this recently my first reaction was what on earth is this ugly nonsense then I realised that it is designed for holding public torture and executions of our useless state politicians.

  2. Philip Lowe

    November 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

    What a bloody awful mish mash of after thought and lack of fore thought.It looks vaguely like some kind of dumping ground.Only with somebody elses money can you do things like this.It should be renamed,”Christie’s Corner”.It’s not fair to blame it on poor old Mawson.

  3. salamander

    November 14, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Another prize-winner gets the job – and we get another lemon, no doubt. When was the last time a prize-winning design was given praise by the public?

  4. R Menzies

    November 14, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    What’s the difference between the moon and Mawsons Place?
    More people have been to the moon.
    Let the HCC have an ugly corner, its better they practice here amongst those awful statues and cement than any where else.

  5. Margaretta Pos

    November 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Good grief! I hope you are right, that it is indeed a concoction of utter beauty. But I have my doubts …

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