IXL Henry Jones Art Hotel
The Henry Jones Art Hotel is one of a handful of dedicated art hotels throughout the world. The genesis of the hotel began with our winning a selection process to recycle Hobart’s oldest waterfront warehouses. We advocated blending the architectural and warehouse/factory elements with contemporary design and art to create a new five star hotel and associated retail tenancies. The inter-relationship of the historic and the dramatically new in this project has forged a unique union, setting the scene for a creative partnership with artists and us as architects.
Despite two decades of neglect, the Hunter Street site and its buildings were rich with the remnants of past industry and development. The materials from which the buildings were constructed were left intact, with all their wear and tear, and new contrasting elegant insertions were added and we orchestrated the involvement of a diverse group of artists to assist in realizing our collective vision.
Art and design have been incorporated into the very fabric of the Hotel, as well as furniture and works on walls. The Hotel has already attracted avid art-lovers from all corners of the globe, and acclaim from some of the world's leading newspapers and travel journals.
RAIA National Award - Special Jury Award 2005
RAIA Tasmanian Chapter Awards Public Building 2005
RAIA Tasmanian Chapter Heritage Award 2005
RAIA Tasmanian Chapter Interior Architecture Award 2005
RAIA Tasmanian Chapter Sustainable Award 2005
Australian Tourism Awards 2005: - Best New Tourism Development
Conde Nast Magazine: - World’s Best New Hotels 2005
AR Aust 091: the art of reinvention
AA JAN/FEB 2006: Henry Jones IXL
Industrial Chic – Reconverting Spaces Edited by Christina Paredes Published by Edizioni Gribaudo (CN) Italy, 2006 ISBN 88-7906-171-2.
Peter Whyte, Ben Vos, Martin Walch, Henry Jones Art Hotel