Thomas Bailey + Vault

Toby Fehily had a caffeinated chat with our very own Thomas Bailey in Melbourne recently.

In an interview for Vault Magazine, they discussed landscape, Leplastrier and a new laboratory room11 is currently designing for MONA.

“The contemplative work of Hobart studio room11 reflects the belief that the grandest designs aren’t a product of architectural vision but rise, instead, from the natural world”

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room11 + AIA Awards 2017

Room11 presented 4 projects in this years Australian Institute of Architects (Tasmanian Chapter) Awards.
Our Shambles Brewery has been entered in the Commercial Architecture Category, Nelson House and D’entrecasteaux House are in the running for a Residential Architecture Prize and our Lighthouse is being considered for a Small Projects Prize.

Image credits:
Shambles Brewery (Photographer Andrew Knott)
Nelson House (Photographer Ben Hoskings
D’entrecasteaux House (Photographer Megan Baynes)
Lighthouse (Photographer Helena Shipway)

Baynes + AIA National Conference: Praxis

Megan Baynes has been invited to speak at this years AIA National Conference.

The National Architecture Conference is one of the biggest events of the Australian architecture calendar and 2017 will be no exception.

The stimulating conference program has been curated by National President Prof Ken Maher and Prof Helen Lochhead. Their industry expertise and international connections have inspired a program that explores processes of thought, engagement and action: process, propositions and production.

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Baynes + Bailey + AV Journal

Megan Baynes and Thomas Bailey are featured in the forthcoming issue of AV Journal.

Architect Victoria is the official journal of the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter. It is published in print format as a magazine and is also available for free online. Regular editions of Architect Victoria are published quarterly in summer, autumn, winter and spring.

please click here to find out more

Megan Baynes in conversation with Amy Muir

2016 National Emerging Architect Prize winner, Amy Muir, will be speaking in Hobart on the 6th February at the Tasmanian Chapter Australian Institute of Architects. Amy will be joined by Megan Baynes to discuss the theme DOING: To do Do or Not To Do?

From 6pm at Tasmanian Chapter, Australian Institute of Architects, 1/19a Hunter Street.

For bookings please see

D’Entrecasteaux House

Replete with devastating panoramas, D’Entrecasteaux House, on Bruny Island finds itself nonetheless exposed.  Winds buffet the angled terrain and so we devised a high walled courtyard to protect the inner workings of this home.  The house employs an inflected non-orthogonal plan where massive distorted trapezoidal stone walls encompass living spaces which are enriched by the resultant spatial complexity. A black interior has been created which provides relief from the blisteringly bright Tasmanian light.  D’Entrecasteaux House has a simple pallet, dark within and a pale stone exterior. Face-fixed bespoke glazing focuses attention upon very specific elements within the overwhelming landscape continuum.

Room 11 & Divisare

Lighthouse, GASP! and Little Big House have been included in the prestigious Divisare Atlas of Architecture. Showcasing excellent architecture from around the globe we are most pleased to be selected for inclusion.

Room 11 & MONA

We are delighted to be working with MONA on our latest urban project:  Heavy Metals Lab.

Won by invitational competition, this project involves the construction of a large submerged ring which moves hydraulically with the tide. Part Art, part spectacle and part scientific instrument the project offers a new mechanism for people to interact with and understand the Derwent River which has a difficult history. Heavy Metals were routinely dumped until relatively recently. This has had people outraged for some time. MONA has made a commitment to doing something about it. Room11 Architects have been commissioned to create submerged architecture which brings the state of the Derwent to collective attention. Haptic experience and technical data will be deployed in the battle for hearts and minds – raising awareness regarding an important environmental initiative.  Prototyping underway now. 

MONA – GASP fun run!

  • 8KM RUN MONA to MONA via GASP!

This year Glenorchy will again play host to the MONA GASP! Fun Run. Your chance to run through the cultural hub of Tasmania! The event will kick off at 8am on Sunday 20 March. The event offers an 8km run starting and ending at MONA via GASP! and a 4km run/walk leaving from Wilkinson’s Point, travelling along GASP!, Montrose Bay and ending at MONA. Following the race, hungry competitors will get the chance to refuel with breakfast provided by MONA. Glenorchy residents are encouraged to participate and can take advantage of an entry fee discounted to $25.

More information and course map at

Room11 Lecture – MADA

Aaron Roberts and Thomas Bailey presenting at Monash University.

Wednesday 14 October @ 1.00pm (please note new start time)

Lecture Theatre G1.04, MADA Monash Art Design & Architecture
900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East Victoria
Free entry / all welcome

Lookout House – DWELL magazine

As thrilling as travel may be, there’s nothing like returning to the familiar, private comfort of one’s own home. But what if you could enjoy the beauty of an exotic locale without ever leaving your living room? One aging husband and wife in Port Arthur, Tasmania, hold that rare privilege. Their recently constructed home, designed by Room 11 Architects, commands jaw-dropping views of rugged Tasman Island and the peaceful Southern Ocean beyond. “The clients were interested in consolidating the considerable potential of the site, specifically its spectacular scenery,” architect Nathan Crump says. The firm achieved this by installing floor-to-ceiling windows across the entire eastern length of the dwelling, offering a dreamy panorama of the Australian coast. The Lookout House, as the architect dubbed it, gives a whole new meaning to armchair travel.

Read the full article here

World’s top foodies treated to dinner at GASP

As part of a four-day culinary adventure across Australia, the world’s top Culinary experts finished on Friday night with a $1.5 million feast for 250 people at GASP and MONA. 

Australian food celebrities included Matt Moran, Maggie Beer, Stephanie Alexander, Matt Preston, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, Jock ZonfrilloMark Olive, 

Experts from the across the globe attended, included

  • Alice Waters, Chef, Author, Proprietor – USA
  • Eric Ripert, Award-winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author and TV Personality – USA
  • Adrian Anthony Gill, TV and Restaurant Critic, Author – UK
  • Sanjeev Kapoor, Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur, TV Presenter – India
  • Yifan Liu, Celebrity Chef, TV Show host – China
  • Sherson Lian, Celebrity Chef and Host – Malaysia
  • Lorenzo Cogo, Chef – Italy
  • Heston Blumenthal – UK


Read about the event through local and international  media stories below.

World’s top foodies treated to top produce at Hobart gala dinner – ABC


Australia Invites the World to Dinner – Wall Street Journal


Tasmania showcased to some of the world’s top foodies – The Mercury


Tourism Australia hosts the country’s greatest ever dinner party for the food andwine elite – Tourism Australia


Gwyneth Paltrow and Heston Blumenthal among guests at November tourism event in Tasmania – ABC


World dinner to highlight our seafood – Brand Tasmania

Heston Blumenthal confirmed to attend Restaurant Australia gala dinner – Tourism Australia

Blackburn show room – The Age

Whitehorse Road, Blackburn, is not only a busy thoroughfare, but also a strip burgeoning with signage. Literally each building is beckoning for attention, with advertisements competing for drivers’ attention. So when it came to developing a prominent corner site, the architects, Room 11, together with developers Zero Nine, took a different approach.

Read the full article by Stephen Crafti here : 

See the latest apartment project with Developer Zero Nine here


Thomas Bailey – Architectural Walling Solutions in Concrete – CCAA

Architectural Walling Solutions in Concrete


Think you know all there is to know about concrete walling? 

 The Architectural Walling Solutions in Concrete seminar will surprise you, and at the same time, challenge the way you approach the task of designing, specifying and constructing concrete walls. You’ll come away with a new appreciation of what can be achieved with concrete.

  • Off-form concrete finishes – presented by Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia
  • GASP! Project – presented by Room 11 Architects

Who should be there?
Anyone involved in the design, specification and/or construction of concrete walls in facades and/or internal spaces – residential or commercial – including architects, building designers, developers and builders.

What does the seminar cover?
The seminar is split into two sessions. The first 30-minute session includes an overview of the planning, specification and construction steps necessary to achieve high quality concrete finishes. It will also cover how to manage expectations and outcomes of in-situ concrete works. This session will be presented by Komal Krishna, Engineer – Construction Solutions with CCAA.   The second 40 min session looks at concrete walling form an architectural perspective and focus around case study of the award winning Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP!), designed by Room 11 Architects. It will look at the challenging and rewarding aspects of designing with concrete and how the built form relates to the surrounding landscape. This session will be presented by Thomas Bailey – Lead Architect for the GASP! Project with Room 11 Architects.

Date:    Thursday 13th November

Venue: Harbour View Room, Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart

Time:   5:30 Registration

Cost:    $35 (incl GST)

The seminar will conclude with a networking session with drinks and refreshments.

For further information contact Suzy Mahney on (03) 9825 0200 or email

11/13/2014 5:30 PM
Harbour View Room
Hotel Grand Chancellor
1 Davey Street
Hobart, TAS


Jury citation

GASP, the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park, is an evocative and memorable urban project. It includes a series of paths, bridges, buildings and landscapes that extend in an arc around Elwick Bay in Hobart, across the water from MONA. GASP Stage One received a National Award for Urban Design in 2013, and it is a great achievement for the subsequent stage to be awarded a year later. In the jury’s opinion, GASP Stage Two is even stronger than the first.

The main pathway, initiated in Stage One, has now been extended to sweep out to a river promontory. It starts at a new pedestrian bridge, with artful polychromatic timber balusters creating a zoetrope-like view to the waters of the Derwent, and continues towards a striking end pavilion. Long concrete walls with huge coloured glass inserts frame the pavilion, which then cantilevers heroically out over the river. The rose-coloured glass wall and yellow glazed roof panels transform the building into an artwork in its own right, encouraging visitors to reconsider the familiar landscapes they are looking at. The pavilion frames a courtyard salvaged from former industrial uses and connects to a superb new amenities block and ferry wharf. Past uses have been carefully celebrated and engage with the new work through subtle plantings and striking new screen walls. This is a bold and confident project that frames views, gives shelter from the elements and celebrates the broader landscape beyond.

This project transforms the neglected river frontage and provides a spectacular setting for permanent artworks, temporary exhibitions, special events and performances. It is a remarkable achievement to have a local authority sponsor such a powerful and significant urban project and, in response, the architects have created something urbane and truly poetic.

Read the project review by Aaron Peters and Paul Owen from Architecture Australia.