MONA EFFECT: New 172-Room Hotel HOMO Proposed for Hobart, Tasmania
If you haven't heard of MONA, the big, edgy, polarising museum space in Hobart, Tasmania, then prepare to have your mind blown. It's been credited for putting Hobart on the map (although I think it was firmly there, but perhaps not quite up in lights before MONA opened) and now, founder David Walsh has plans for much more on the site at Berriedale, about 15 minutes from the centre of Hobart.
“It's very simple really. We like building stuff. So far it has gone pretty well for us, and hopefully also for our communities. This time, some may think it's gotten a little out of hand - the excavation alone is more than four times the size of that for the museum - but we seem to have some support, the plans have turned out pretty well, and we can't rest on our laurels for ever. The heart of Mona is chance,” said David Walsh, Founder, Mona.
The proposed HOMO (HOtel at MOna) also includes a new spa treatment centre, public library, outside stage, restaurant and bar, auditorium, conference centre and function and retail spaces. But what of the design? The original MONA building was designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, so it was natural to see them extend their master plan further and design the hotel too.
The build of HOMO is expected to take approximately three years from commencement and will create 300 new full time construction jobs. When open, HOMO will deliver an additional 120 full time jobs on an ongoing basis.
Currently, 74% (260,000) of Mona’s annual visitors travel from interstate. “We want to do all we can to continue to help drive the growth in interstate tourism we’ve experienced since Mona opened in 2011,” said Mark Wilsdon, Co-CEO, Mona. “We expect HOMO to be attractive to large segments of the national and international business and conference markets that previously haven’t turned to Tasmania due to a lack of appropriate infrastructure. New facilities, like the auditorium and theatre, will also allow us to further activate the site at night, and continue to diversify the appeal of Mona to Tasmanians too.”
Images courtesy of Fender Katsalidis Architects.