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MGA Architects, Napoleon Street, Battery Point

Recently I wrote a review of a fantastic holiday home located in the picturesque town of Dover, Tasmania (Australia) called Quarry Hill Lookout. The home wasn’t excessively large or expensive to build but illustrated how you could achieve something special without breaking the bank. At the other end of the scale MGA Architects are really pushing the boundaries of modern design and work for discerning clients who haven’t got monetary restrictions. One of their finest accomplishments is a residence in Battery Point, Hobart.

Before I visited Hobart I really didn’t know much about the region apart from the fact that the weather is significantly cooler than other states in Australia. The other interesting fact is that this location is also a gastronome’s paradise. The produce available is absolutely exceptional and seems to be in abundance. MGA Architects’ phenomenal residence on Napoleon Street is located in the prestigious suburb of Battery Point, which is in close proximity to the famous Salamanca Market and situated on the waterfront. I was very privileged to a guided tour around this magnificent dwelling and subsequently featured it in my Gold award winning ‘Australia Modern’ book.

Even though this dwelling in Battery Point isn’t ridiculously oversized, MGA have utilised every square meter to its full potential. The level of décor is exceptionally high and even featured on the Australian edition of Grand Designs. What makes this single family residence so remarkable is the combination of industrial and organic salvaged material like timber, concrete, stone etc. There is also an abundance of glass, which perfectly frames tranquil water front views. Every element of this project is bespoke and the attention to detail defies belief. I wouldn’t often say this but I can’t think of any aspects I would personally change. In fact, if I could afford this marvellous property I would pack up my bags and relocate to Hobart tomorrow.

As Battery Point is a heritage area, MGA architects had to keep the original façade of the 1890’s weatherboard cottage. However, the modern addition definitely works in harmony and isn’t in anyway unsightly. It also utilises the latest technology like rainwater harvesting, natural gas hydronic heating, passive ventilation and low energy lighting. Ultimately this is a master class in sustainable building, which is why the home has been awarded a 7 plus energy star rating.

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