Work progresses in Hobart’s “In The Hanging Garden” area by DarkLab & Riverlee


Plans for a thriving epicenter for cultural activity in the heart of the nipaluna/Hobart central business district have progressed, with planning and demolition work for Stage 1 of the upcoming In The Hanging Garden neighborhood underway.

Complementing the larger vision of the precinct’s master plan to energize the existing site with exciting social activation, the four-year collaborative venture between Riverlee and DarkLab for In The Hanging Garden will see the collision of food, music, of community and commerce, resulting in a place of pride for the people of Hobart and an invitation to the world to discover, explore and embrace the richness of Tasmania.

Designed to entice people to play and stay in the CBD, the three stages of development envisioned by In The Hanging Garden will encompass almost an entire city block in the heart of Hobart, amplifying the streetscape with restaurants, bars, live music and family-friendly venues. , with additional residential and commercial space.

With planning applications and demolition work now underway, the future neighborhood is scheduled to include a mixed-use commercial building on the corner site of Bathurst and Watchorn streets. The innovative workplace is a joint venture between Riverlee and Quintessential Equity, and is designed by renowned architects of the Museum of New and Old Art (Mona) Fender Katsalidis, supported by 6 Degrees, the architects of the In The Hanging Garden neighborhood masterplan .

This first stage proposes to include a newly designed entrance to the In The Hanging Garden (ITHG) compound, which will establish the first part of a future pedestrian link from Watchorn Street to Murray Street, increasing accessibility and footfall to the center -City of Hobart.

“Drawing on our in-depth knowledge of Hobart’s unique culture and community, In The Hanging Garden presents locals and travelers with an empathetically designed neighborhood offering that authentically celebrates its vibrant heritage and provides accessible spaces for cultural creation, further propelling the revitalization of the city for years to come,” says James Pearce, director at Fender Katsalidis Architecture.

With over 45% of Tasmania’s population residing in Greater Hobart, and with the city’s population expected to grow rapidly year on year, the innovative district will pave the way for high-end retail space, attracting new and supporting existing small businesses in the area. .

“We have an in-depth knowledge of the block and the long history of the site. The site at 120 Bathurst Street was carefully selected, taking into account the master plan for the compound, as well as consideration for future staging, including the existing operating location of the Hanging Garden. Through a careful design process, we explored multiple design iterations to ensure that the streetscape and local character of Hobart could be protected,” said David Lee, Chief Development Officer of Riverlee.

Laying the foundation and acting as a catalyst for further regeneration work planned in Stages 2 and 3, the success of the development application will enable the preservation of nearby heritage buildings. This includes the Odeon Theatre, which previously had a demolition permit, as well as other culturally significant buildings including Tattersalls Hotel and Wellington House.

Driven by a shared aspiration to leave a lasting legacy of cultural, environmental and social impact, Riverlee and DarkLab’s vision for In The Hanging Garden represents an opportunity to share with the world what makes the city of Hobart so special and unique, and was designed to encourage locals, visitors and residents to immerse themselves in the city’s rich cultural history.

Subsequent stages will see the site transformed with a series of hospitality and live music venues, tiered gardens, communal spaces and potentially a diverse residential offering, all interconnected via a network of intimate and vibrant lanes. At the heart of Riverlee and DarkLab’s vision, additional plans are also supporting the restoration of the much-loved Odeon with a new keystone hotel for over 180 people – boosting footfall and travel to Hobart’s core and keeping Tasmania going. to live as an international destination for live music and performance for over 100 more years.

In what is a planned 20-year ongoing investment in the City of Hobart by Riverlee, these latest announcements for the In The Hanging Garden area follow four years of close consultation between Riverlee, the City of Hobart and local members of the community, aligning with the urban renewal goals envisioned by the Central Hobart Precinct Plan.

The commitment and support of the community of Hobart and the City of Hobart is essential to the success of In The Hanging Garden.

“Early and ongoing community engagement is really important to us. It takes a lot of time, planning and patience, but we appreciate it, and our projects always come out better because of it, because they’re shaped by the communities we work in. For the In The Hanging Garden neighborhood, we have made it a priority to stay connected with the people who live and work nearby,” said Mr. Lee.

“Our master plan is constantly evolving and adapting to reflect the needs and interests of the city, and we will continue to listen to the community as we move forward. This is an ambitious vision for a new urban district, so we want to find the right combination.

For more information on In The Hanging Garden, check out the Vision Masterplan: downloadable PDF link:


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