MONA is building an extraordinary new hotel for Hobart

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) will soon boast a towering, fantastical 172 room hotel.

The museum’s millionaire founder, David Walsh announced plans for the extraordinary new hotel at a Tasmanian Tourism event on Thursday.

Similar to the museum’s annual summer and winter music festivals, MOFO and Dark MOFO, the hotel has been titled HOMO (Hotel MONA).

The hotel’s concept has been designed by Melbourne based Fender Katsalidis Architects - the same group responsible for the original museum building, which is cut into a peninsula outcrop just outside of the city of Hobart.

Set atop the museum’s existing riverside site, Walsh’s new hotel design is supposed to recall San Francisco’s iconic rust-red coloured Golden Gate Bridge.

As well as its 172 suites, HOMO will feature a luxury day spa treatment centre, a library, conference facilities, a 1075-seat theatre, shops, and an outdoor concert stage.

MONA is well known for its eccentric experiential approach – and the hotel will also feature ‘special experience’ rooms and one-off suites decorated or designed by internationally renowned artists.

While the hotel project is yet to be approved by council, it is expected to cost upward of AU$300 million and will take roughly three years to complete.

Since opening in January 2011, MONA has put Hobart and Australia on the map as a key travel destination for art and culture enthusiasts worldwide.

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