- Article by Penny Craswell
Over the next few weeks, ADR will explore three distinct projects as published in MEZZANINE – the architectural repurposing of a masonic hall, an old timber mill, and 10 shipping containers – that show how mixed-use, experiential destinations can help connect local communities.
Situated on the scenic drive along Tasmania’s East Coast, Devil’s Corner is a cellar door, café and lookout named for the Devil’s Corner wine label.
The architecture is by local studio Cumulus, which added to the existing building, a small demountable, by creating a series of rectangular forms in the landscape with repurposed shipping containers. The resulting collection of buildings offers a cellar door wine-tasting experience, complemented by fresh local food (including fresh-shucked oysters from Freycinet) as well as spectacular views of the Hazards mountains and Freycinet.
The architecture is grouped into two collections of buildings. Five shipping containers have been used to create a market area, consisting of a number of horizontal buildings surrounding a sheltered courtyard.
The other five have been used to construct a lookout, a larger building with a vertical tower element made from two shipping containers end on end that offers the best vantage point for views.
The materiality of the buildings is counter-intuitive, with warm timber used to clad the exteriors, and steel remaining on the interiors as a clue to the material’s previous life.
Cumulus describes the lookout as a critical component of the design. Director Peter Walker says: “In the same way that an appreciation of wine can be gained through understanding its subtleties and varying ‘in-mouth’ sensations, there are many ways landscape can be appreciated.”
The way the buildings have been designed demonstrates the importance of experience in creating Devil’s Corner, with visitors led on a journey through wine, food and the experience of Tasmania’s beauty. Here, architecture plays a crucial role in creating a destination for the senses.