A unique piece of Tasmanian architecture

The “Wombat One” shelter at the north Western end of the Botanic Gardens was originally developed as a project by the staff and students from the School of Environmental Design at the Tasmania College of Advanced Education, in the late 1970’s. The project was essentially a prototype model and showcase for the demonstration of a unique timber construction system using commonsense and environmentally sound practices with the use of timber in construction. The project aimed to foster a more respectful attitude towards the use of timbers from native forests.

The process was fundamentally a traditional post and beam construction where the kiln dried Tasmanian Eucalypt hardwood (Tasmanian Oak), were prefabricated into distinct units in a workshop, and then transported to the site as a kit for quick and easy assembly.

Wombat One was opened to the public in May, 1980 by Mr John V. Howell, then Chairman of the Board of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

The building today is used for a variety of community activities, from as simple as a family luncheon area, right through to wedding ceremonies and other small functions. It is a wonderful place just to relax and experience the mostly native garden setting and marvellous view down to the Derwent River.

Designed and built by: 
Helen Bennetts, Gabriel Calcagno, Elena Cole, Shelley Indyk, Richard Leplastrier, Greg Methe, Alan Ruthven, Susan Smith, Andrew Sutherland, David Travalia, Graeme Wathen

Inside wombat one with view towards the river

Inside Wombat One with view towards the Derwent river

View to the side of wombat one across the derwent river

View to the side of wombat One across the Derwent river

Wombat One balcony view

Wombat One balcony view

Looking at the view from Wombat One

Looking at the view from Wombat One

Plan and design detail on inside of door Wombat One

Plan and design detail on inside of door Wombat One (Click to enlarge)