Award for Sustainable Architecture

Forest EcoCentre by Morris-Nunn & Associates

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This award recognises significant contributions to the research, development and implementation of sustainable building practices.

Robert Morris-Nunn has persistently explored passive and low-energy designs, and has now applied his experience and skill to this hybrid building for Forestry Tasmania.

The project condenses a number of design aspirations: the practical use of pinus radiata and sustainable softwood products; a desire to create a landmark with positive values for Forestry Tasmania (which faces a difficult political climate in the state); and the further application of sustainable passive building concepts.

As a result, Morris-Nunn has cocooned an orthogonal three-storey structure – containing offices on the upper two levels and visitors centre on the ground floor – within an inclined cone, creating a tempered internal microclimate.

Perhaps suggestive of Future Systems’ “offices in a bubble”, the experimental approach to ventilation, day lighting and air movement defines the iconic architectural character of the project.

In presenting this award, the jury acknowledges the body of work designed by Morris-Nunn and Associates, as exemplified by the experimental nature of the Forest EcoCentre. The project has enabled ideas to be tested and developed in everyday circumstances, and for forestry products to be utilized in an exemplary fashion.


Circa Morris-Nunn Walker
Hobart, Tas, Australia
Project Team
Robert Morris-Nunn, Peter Walker
Builder Fairbrother Construction
Electrical and mechanical consultant Tasmanian Building Services
Environmental consultant Advanced Environmental Concepts
Project manager Stanton Management Group
Structural consultant Gandy and Roberts Consulting Engineers
Site details
Location Scottsdale,  Tas,  Australia
Category Commercial / public buildings
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 1 Nov 2003


Architecture Australia, November 2003

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