2013 National Architecture Awards: Commercial

Mountain Retreat Medical Clinic by Circa Morris-Nunn Commercial Architecture: National Award Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

A tightly controlled and thoughtful project, the Mountain Retreat Medical Clinic skilfully weaves a response to heritage, urban condition and program into a formal and spatial delight. The sensitive yet robust formal gesture of the copper-clad, hipped-roofed box deftly negotiates a relationship to the adjoining two-storey historic building and residential neighbourhood. The scale and expression of the form complements the street yet identifies itself as an important service within the community. An opportunity has been taken to add to the public realm with the integration of seating into the entry ramp for the immediately adjacent bus stop.

The high-quality design of the internal environment, working with warm materials and crisp detailing, expertly incorporates natural light to provide a calm set of spaces. Consulting rooms have a well-considered connection with an enclosed garden, providing a spatial amenity not normally found in these sorts of medical consulting suites.

The design strategy for the clinic demonstrates that contemporary workplace theories can be brought to a small suburban practice and a day-to-day setting. The straightforward yet highly considered approach to materials, longevity, life cycle, user control and amenity is testament to the practicality and sensitivity of the architect.


Circa Morris-Nunn Architects
Hobart, Tas, Australia
Project Team
Robert Morris-Nunn, Gabrielle Phillips, Alex Nielsen, Ganche Chua
Access consultant Michael Small
Builder Cordwell Lane Builders
Building surveyor Peter Angus
Construction manager Michael Lane
Cost consultant WT Partnership
Electrical and mechanical consultant TBS
Hydraulic consultant Gandy and Roberts Consulting Engineers
Landscape consultant Ben Essex
Site foreman Perry Lane
Structural and civil consultant Gandy and Roberts Consulting Engineers
Site details
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Commercial
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 7 Nov 2013
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2013
Images: Peter Whyte


Architecture Australia, November 2013

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