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 vic@ccaa.com.au.

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.


Tuesday 28 October 2014, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Presented by DIS-cour.se, this discussion will look at the themes prevalent in the film Cathedrals of Culture—a screening collaboration between ACMI and MPavilion in November—and will deliberate on the narrative that is created by our interaction with spaces we know all too well. The twentieth-century German philosopher Walter Benjamin described the functioning of architecture as something that is consummated by “the collectivity in a state of distraction”, and this panel—of multidisciplinary artist Callum Morton, architects Aaron Roberts and Kristin Green, and visual artist Marnie Edmiston—will focus on how the perception of our environment is often only a thin veil of the real space. In places we call ‘home’, our perception is regularly taken over by habit, and the recognition of the depth and importance of such environments is all too often considerably diminished.

Tuesday 28 October 2014, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne
Make a booking

check out the full program here

AIA – NSW CHAPTER – Tuesdays@Tusculum

14 October 2014 – 6:00pm

In choosing a site, do you choose to celebrate, reject or blend in to its surrounds? In the beautiful yet harsh environment of natural and urban Australia this choice could dictate the survival of your building. Are we at the mercy of our site? Our buildings are not singular units but members of a broader typology and vernacular and will be judged as such.

Shaun Carter is based in Summer Hill and approaches the talk from an urban background, whilst Melbourne and Hobart based Aaron Roberts is renowned for works based in natural environments.

Together they will explore the relationship between their projects and the landscapes they have evolved from, and how reacting to urban and natural Australian sites has produced distinctively Australian architecture.

Tuesdays@Tusculum series:
The Australian Institute of Architects and bespoke careers are proud to present the 2014 Spring/Summer Tuesdays@Tusculum series. These season of talks has been produced in two series by separate curators.

CURATOR: Lewis Wisden

Lewis is a recent graduate from the University of Newcastle. His group of talks
will explore the question: What does Australian architecture have to offer?
This question will prompt a series of conversations that explore the
current and developing values and trends in Australian architecture
within the context of the international architectural movement.
Lewis’ program of talks will run on the second Tuesday of the month from
September to November, and are proudly sponsored by Bespoke Careers.

All talks will be held at Tusculum – 3 Manning Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011 unless otherwise noted with a 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Talks include 2 informal CPD points.
Institute member FREE, non-member $10, student non-member $5.

View the series Calendar here:

Public lecture: Lens – Aaron Roberts

Wed 15th Oct 6:30pm – Sydney

Aaron Roberts presents a discussion on the experiential qualities of architecture, its relationship to place and the underlying methodologies, intentions and outcomes of selected projects by Room11.

Aaron Roberts is a founding Director of Room11 Architects. Room11 deliver projects across a wide range of typologies and scale, with a focus on architecture as means to manipulate the experience and perception of its inhabitants and their relationship to place.

Room 11 recently received critical acclaim for its two GASP (Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park) pavilions, on the Derwent estuary in Hobart. The practice seeks an architecture that responds to the scale of surrounding landforms, using – in this case – colour and form as a vehicle for the re-evaluation and re-appreciation of place.

Level 5, Building 6, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo



Wednesday 10 December 2014, 8.00am-8.45am

As part of the launch and program of the new M Pavilion –  Georgia Nowak brings the sermon! See here for details

A designer and a yoga instructor collaborate on a structured lesson that takes us back to yoga’s Sanskrit roots—meaning ‘to combine’. Together, they create a morning wellness session reinforcing a positive design intention. In this class, Georgia Nowak of Room11 Architects—well known for creating buildings and structures that are highly attuned to place—will lead an introductory sermon to set the scene and context.

Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne
Make a booking

check out the full program here


Room11 are pleases to announce our involvement in the RMIT Symposium and Exhibition  SITUATION.  We are working closely with artists Keith Deverell and Marcus Cook.

The 7th IDEA international symposium hosted and convened by RMIT Interior Design.
RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia
31 July to 3 August 2014
With Keynote Situators Ed Hollis & Bianca Hester

Please come along friday night to view our installation TEST_001

RMIT Design Hub Level 2 ( Rm11 work on roof! )
July 23 – Aug 3
Drinks Friday Aug 1
6 – 8pm

SITUATION brings attention to the designing of interiors as a practice engaged in spatial and temporal production; a practice that works in the midst of social, cultural, historical, political forces; a practice open to contingency, chance and change; a practice engaged with singularity and specificity. SITUATION highlights ideas of event and the eventful nature of interiors, lived space-time compositions in constant change; atmospheric compositions as distinct from artifacts; ephemerality; uniqueness; one-offs; a multiplicity of experience.


Test_001 offers an elsewhere ecology, a place of no context that permits an individual’s participation in its evolution. The work maps movement and mood, amplifying one’s sense of self in space. Minimal digital manifestations of light and sound are generated through an intensely raw and textural interface, combining algorithms with rubble; code mixes with dust. Test_001 explores how technology may affect the most basic of materials and, in turn, establish an intensely empathetic relationship between person and place.

An ongoing investigation into how materials can possess a defined and coded artificial intelligence is key to the development of Test_001. The questions lie in a future experience where materials can map, interpret and translate their surrounds and those that interact with them. The work begins by providing a landscape of urban dissonance where personalities in materials are born from use. At play is an opportunity for an audience to develop a sympathetic partnership with their environment; from a destabilised ground plane to a subtly shifting light and soundscape. Particular experiences are triggered through the movement and pace of the user. Calm movements trigger a subtle compositional shift; however, if a person moves aggressively through the space, their actions will trigger a more dramatic change in their environment – a disturbance, an evolution, and a level of resistance. In this back and forth engagement of user and space, the work will regulate itself and aim to then adapt its users through artificial means. If many people enter and over-stimulate/overload the system it will flare up and respond in kind, offering its own defensive shutdown. The intensity should build. An overbalance should be stated. Materials and technology produce a situation where discord and balance can be achieved through a learned approach that morphs and adjusts over time.

An attempt is made here to locate a person within an elsewhere site and to generate a situation that short-circuits the traditional signifiers of past and future, and offers, perhaps for at least a short time, a moment of suspended affect; an activated and open present.i Behind this project is an intense fascination with the latent possibilities and the chaotic uncanny powers of cities and buildings in flux, of an architecture of the incomplete. A narrative is there that speaks of dust having memory, of rubble having intelligence, and of reification becoming standard, whereby the experienced perception contains more explicit spatial information than the sensory stimulus on which it is based.

Test_001 has been developed by Room11 Architects in collaboration with artists and sound producers Keith Deverell and Marcus Cook, and with kind sponsorship from Warwick Fabrics, Lovelight Blinds, Light Project and Mackie Audio.

i Barakin, A. Parallel Presents: The Art of Pierre Huyghe. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012.

Keith Deverell
Keith Deverell is an Australian/UK video, sound and installation artist residing in Melbourne, Australia. Keith’s background spans video art, installation art, graphic design, interaction design and experimental programming. Keith’s work is highly poetic in its exploration of gesture and politics, observational and documentary forms, and the relationship between place and identity.

Marcus Cook
Marcus Cook is an emerging sound artist (Default Jamerson, Pewter Snake Necklace, Nokes & Cook) and a professional sound/video/electronics technician. Marcus runs Shogun Lodge Services, which offers technical support to artists and events, and is also a co-founder of the Sabbatical Records label.

Steering Committee

Dr Suzie Attiwill, associate professor, Interior Design, RMIT University
Roger Kemp, program director, Interior Design, RMIT University
Christopher Cottrell, associate lecture, Interior Design, RMIT University
Caroline Vains, associate lecturer, Interior Design, RMIT University
Nick Rebstadt, RMIT Interior Design graduate.

Symposium Convenors/Arrangers

Dr Suzie Attiwill, associate professor, RMIT Interior Design
Philippa Murray, lecturer, RMIT Interior Design

Exhibition Curatorium

Dr Suzie Attiwill, associate professor, RMIT Interior Design
Simon Maidment, Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria
Kate Rhodes, Curator of Design, Design Hub, RMIT University
Sven Mehzoud, program director, Interior Architecture, Monash University

Juhani Pallasmaa visits GASP

A recent trip to the state for the Tasmanian Architectural Narratives Workshop, allowed Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, author of ‘The Eyes of the Skin – Architecture and the Senses‘, to visit the Glenorchy Arts and Sculpture Park with Thomas Bailey.

Room11’s Thomas Bailey and Megan Baynes were guest speakers at the event alongside Dr Carmen Fiol-Costa, Richard Leplastrier, John Wardle, Craig Rosevear & Juhani Pallasmaa – a full list of the guest speakers can be seen here and a review of the event here.


2014 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

Following on from a successful Stage 01, which received an Award for Urban Design at both the Tasmanian and National Architecture Awards in 2013, GASP! Stage 02 “was lauded by the jury as a focal point around which to build community pride and collective memory, receiving the 2014 Dirk Bolt Award for Urban Design.”

Room11 are excited to be heading to the National Awards again with Stage 2 of the project.

See the project in full here

ACCA – ICON series

Director of Room11, Aaron Roberts to give lecture at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s highly acclaimed lecture series of art history in free-fall. Enlivening iconic works of art and design.

Presented by guest speakers Annemarie Kiely, Melbourne Editor Vogue Living, Anthony White, Senior Lecturer University of Melbourne, Helen Hughes, Editor Discipline Magazine and Aaron Roberts, Director Room11 Architects, and with ACCA’s own Artistic Director, Juliana Engberg.

6pm Start, bar open from 5pm


Monday 28 July
Cindy Sherman, ‘Untitled Film Stills’
Juliana Engberg

Monday 4 August
Gillian Wearing, ‘Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say’
Juliana Engberg

Monday 11 August
Mike Nelson, ‘The Coral Reef’
Helen Hughes

Monday 18 August
Umberto Boccioni, ‘Unique Forms of Continuity in Space’
Anthony White

Monday 1 September
Barbara Kruger, ‘I shop therefore I am’
Juliana Engberg

Monday 8 September
The Icon: its use and abuse in the modern age
Annemarie Kiely

Monday 15 September
Peter Zumthor, ‘The Therme Vals’
Aaron Roberts

Monday 22 September
Jeff Koons, ‘Rabbit’
Juliana Engberg

domus – Best of #pavilions

“With the approach of the Venice Biennale and of Milan Expo 2015 the theme of the pavilion returns topical.

Many architectural types fall into this category: from educational space to architectural folly, from bar to belvedere.

Among the best known in the world there is the temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, the new Serpentine Pavilion is a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure: a shell resting on large quarry stones.

In Australia, Glenorchy Arts and Sculpture Park hosts GASP!, designed by Room 11, where colour and architecture have been used as a vehicle for re-evaluation and re-appreciation of place, creating unity between the bay and the experience.”

read more at domus

dwell – Our first US cover

GASP features on the cover of the May issue of American architecture journal dwell

“This week we journey to Tasmania, where we show you Australian firm Room11’s viewing platform that ‘manipulates human perception.'”