The Epic Contemporary Revival Of A Pre-Federation Homestead

The chance to design a contemporary addition to a heritage homestead on this scale is a rare one in Australia’s smallest state, namely because there’s limited heritage architecture to restore. But even for the architects behind the iconic Pumphouse Point Hotel restoration, the Symmons Plains Estate in the tiny town of Perth 20 kilometres south of Launceston (population just under 3,000!) was a unique proposition.

‘We understood the significance of the building within a broader Tasmanian context and wanted to see it restored,’ says Director of Cumulus Studio and principal architect, Todd Henderson. ‘We spent a lot of time thinking about options for open, contemporary living within a building that is essentially the antithesis of that.’

Georgian homes are typically divided into distinct rooms and recessive spaces, making it difficult to transform them to suit modern, open-plan living. In order to avoid ending up with a mock-heritage ambience, Todd and

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