Forestry Tasmania bought the Melville Street site with the intention of consolidating operations from five locations around Hobart. The new offices house a range of technologies and facilities that showcase the past, present and future of Tasmania’s forestry and timber heritage within the one precinct.
The site, which extends through to Brisbane Street, operated as a sawmill and timber outlet until 1968. Two red brick buildings from the 1930s - a warehouse store for dry and finished timber products and the former hardware emporium were retained and incorporated into the design that now features a glazed, domed foyer, that unites and defines entry between the two existing facades.
The dome is open to the public during business hours and houses an indoor forest that replicates the state’s working forest, showcasing the origins and potential uses of timber as a renewable resource.
This section contains the following resource:
- Forestry Tasmania Offices - Hobart