It’s rare to find empty historic buildings awaiting restoration in the centre of a capital city. But there is such a space - The Henry Jones is Australia’s first and only dedicated Art Hotel, situated on Hobart’s waterfront where Governor Collins first settled Hobart in 1804.
The hotel is housed in the former IXL jam factory. From its inception, the Henry Jones has been designed as an Art Hotel. The original textures and colours of the old industrial site are mixed with art, supplied mainly from the Tasmanian School of Art.
Architects Morris-Nunn are responsible for the hotels amazing renovation.
The heart of the complex is the glass-roofed atrium that acts as a town square and performance space. The 50 suites and bedrooms combine original sandstone and timber structures with modern stainless steel and translucent glass bathrooms. The furniture and fittings add another layer to the architectural scheme with the use of many unique materials such as Tasmanian timber veneers.
The complex also houses a café, deli and a design shop bringing everyday activity to the atrium, there is a restaurant – Steam Packet and the IXL Long Bar that is as popular with the locals as the visitors.
It is a unique project that invited both artists and designers to interpret the history of the hotels buildings, site, locale and previous functions.
Henry Jones Art Hotel
25 Hunter St, Hobart
Booking enquiries P : 1300 665 581
International enquiries P : +61 3 6231 6391
Morris-Nunn + Associates