2016 National Architecture Awards: Commercial Architecture Commendation

Devil’s Corner by Cumulus Studio Commercial Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

A bold and playful marker for a vineyard and tasting room on Tasmania’s spectacular east coast, the project provides a striking visual signifier for the site. Using an economy of means through an inventive repurposing of shipping containers, this new intervention in the landscape is both a sign and lookout for a commercial venture. Manipulating the visitor’s circulation through and onto the site, the structure defines and frames particular views of the landscape that encourage contemplation and consideration of the site in a different way. The containers have been compositionally stacked to belie their original form and intent, resulting in a building that becomes an inhabitable sculpture. The building determines an experience for the visitor, beginning at the front door, shaping and establishing an impression before the wine-tasting begins. Detailing is raw but rigorous and appropriate to the industrial roots of the containers. The structure is a playful folly that provides a successful and memorable identity for Devil’s Corner and its cellar door.


Cumulus Studio
Tas, Australia
Project Team
Peter Walker (Design Architect) Liz Walsh (Design Architect) Andrew Greeves (Design Architect) Fiona McMullen (Graduate of Architecture) Todd Henderson (Principal Architect)
Builder Anstie Constructions Pty Ltd
Building surveyor Castellan Consulting
Construction manager Ross Dean
ESD consultant RED Sustainability Consultants (Steve Watson)
Engineer Aldanmark (Tim Watson)
Hospitality consultant David Quon & Associates
Project manager Simon Currant
Site Details
Site type Rural
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2015
Category Commercial, Public / commercial
Type Adaptive re-use, Tourism



Published online: 3 Nov 2016
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Tanja Milbourne


Architecture Australia, November 2016

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