Local architecture firm Cumulus Studio, staffed almost entirely by University of Tasmania graduates, has won a prestigious international prize for their Devil’s Corner Cellar Door.
The jury for the 5th Annual Architizer A+ Awards selected the cellar door and lookout on Tasmania’s East Coast as the winner of the Commercial Mixed Use category, identifying Cumulus Studio as a global industry leader.
The A+ Awards at Architizer.com are the largest and fastest growing online awards program. This year’s awards attracted more than 5000 entries from around the world.
Cumulus Studio co-director and architect Todd Henderson said the Devil’s Corner project was an exciting one for Tasmanian tourism.
“This award recognises the role that innovative architecture can play in our tourism industry. We are extremely grateful to have had a great team to work with on the project and a client who was prepared to take a bit of a risk on something new.”
The project, for Brown Brothers, seeks to amplify the experience of an iconic view and create a new tourism experience on the East Coast.
“We really thought carefully about the placement of the shipping containers, to allow visitors to visually explore the landscape within and around the vineyard and to curate framed views towards The Hazards beyond,” Mr Henderson said.
Mr Henderson studied architecture at the University of Tasmania School of Architecture and Design in Launceston. He is not the only one – currently, 15 out of the 18 staff at Cumulus are University of Tasmania graduates.
Cumulus Studio has built a national and international reputation for its tourism experience design work at Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair, The Willie Smith Apple Shed and Apple Museum in the Huon Valley, the Tesselaar Tulip Farm in Victoria and now the Devil’s Corner Cellar Door.
The team will be presented with their trophy at a gala cocktail event in New York on Thursday, 11 May.
Image: The Devil's Corner Cellar Door and Lookout, taken by Tanja Milbourne.