Room11 + La Biennale di Venezia

Room11 Architects have been selected to exhibit at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, being held from May 26th – Nov 25th 2018.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara titled the 16th International Architecture Exhibition Freespace, and explained their choice with the following words:

“Freespace describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself.

Freespace focuses on architecture’s ability to provide free and additional spatial gifts to those who use it and on its ability to address the unspoken wishes of strangers.

Freespace celebrates architecture’s capacity to find additional and unexpected generosity in each project – even within the most private, defensive, exclusive or commercially restricted conditions.

Freespace provides the opportunity to emphasise nature’s free gifts of light – sunlight and moonlight, air, gravity, materials – natural and man-made resources.

Freespace encourages reviewing ways of thinking, new ways of seeing the world, of inventing solutions where architecture provides for the well being and dignity of each citizen of this fragile planet.

Freespace can be a space for opportunity, a democratic space, un-programmed and free for uses not yet conceived. There is an exchange between people and buildings that happens, even if not intended or designed, so buildings themselves find ways of sharing and engaging with people over time, long after the architect has left the scene. Architecture has an active as well as a passive life.

Freespace encompasses freedom to imagine, the free space of time and memory, binding past, present and future together, building on inherited cultural layers, weaving the archaic with the contemporary”.

Photograph: Ben Hosking


Our D’Entrecasteaux House has been published in a new book written by Karen McCartney for Belle Magazine Australia.

This gorgeously assembled publication features a portrait of our practice and a feature on the stone home we built on a windswept hillside overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Superb photography by the super talented Ben Hosking accompany McCartney’s thoughtful analysis. We are very proud to be in this beautiful book.

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Lighthouse + Penguin publication

Our Lighthouse has been included in a new book by Catherine Foster which takes a look at living in littleness. The virtues of small space are illustrated in 21 homes from around Australia:

Living in smaller houses is a growing trend worldwide as land prices rise and people want to have a smaller ecological footprint and live with less stuff. Catherine Foster shows us 21 Australian examples under 90sqm

To read more please go to

Photograph by Ben Hosking


D’entrecasteaux House is on the shortlist of fifteen fine projects being considered for this years Australian Institute of Architects, National Award for Residential Architecture (New).

The AIA Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and excellence in architecture and will be announced at the Albert Hall, Canberra, on Thursday 2 November.

Vote for the People Choice Award here

D’entrecasteaux House is located in a remote bay on Bruny Island, South of Hobart. Bespoke glazing details provide the perfect counterpoint to the gritty reality of the stone.

Containing dolerite walls provide protection in the remote landscape. A black timber interior sits tautly within perimeter walls.

The house is intensely private and screened from three sides. On the forth edge, the home opens to the panorama of the D’entrecasteaux Channel and the ever unfolding drama of the weather upon the water.

Private and protected outdoor spaces are created in the spaces between the essentially orthogonal plan, and the perimeter walls which have a subtly differently orientation.

Bends Pool Finalist Think Brick 2017

From the Think Brick 2017 Jury:

“This project stands out for its inventive use of concrete block, monumental appearance and the wonderful way the colour and texture of the material are in conversation with the landscape”

High above Hobart, on a steep slope with a Ray Heffernan home, room11 has built a beautiful bespoke blockwork landscape. The brief called for new landscape architecture elements including a pool, outdoor living spaces, retaining walls, fence and parking area. The client and architect shared a desire to design something seamlessly, and blockwork was the first choice as a material which could confidently construct all of the landscape architecture elements required. 20.01, 30.01 and 20.48 units have been used to create a continuous terrain. Vertical surfaces are significant components of the steeply sloping site, and blockwork provides a consistency within the scheme. Pale, sophisticated and fully integrated with the Heffernan House, the Bends Pool uses blockwork to cleverly and carefully augment the life of its occupants with new outdoor elements and experiences.

5 AIA Awards

Room11 has received five awards in the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects, Tasmanian Chapter, Awards!

Shambles Brewery has received the Barry McNeill Award for Sustainable Architecture and an Award for Commercial Architecture.

D’entrecasteaux House was awarded the Prize for Residential Architecture whilst the Nelson House received a commendation in the Houses (New) category.

Thomas Bailey was named the 2017 Emerging Architect.

We wish to offer our most sincere thanks to our staff, clients and collaborators. We would also like to extend our thanks the Australian Institute of Architects, Tasmanian Chapter and the Tasmanian Architecture Awards Jury.

Further details soon…

Lighthouse + archello

We were pleased indeed to see that our Lighthouse has been selected for publication by the fine folks at archello.

Lighthouse is a small, smart and sweet little intercity home which sits secretly in suburbia. Enclosed on all sides, this compact courtyard house enjoys privacy and all-day sun with a refined and subdued vocabulary. Lighthouse offers ‘small u’ urbanism in the provincial capital that is Hobart, Tasmania.

Archello is an online platform that tells multiple stories around projects, from the manufacturer to the architect, making it a rich and complete platform for architecture and design.


Megan Baynes spoke in Sydney recently about process, propositions and production at this year Australian Institute of Architects National Conference.
In the second session of Day 1, Megan joined Rodney (March Studio) and Rachael and Paddy (Kennedy Nolan) to offer insight into praxis and practice.

To read about conference proceedings please click here

Photographs: Boaz Nothman

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”

To read the rest go to

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.

For further details please refer to

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