The Point has been farming land for generations. As the land has been extensively farmed there are very few remaining trees on the property. It is now covered by beautiful Tasmanian grasses, such as the Poa Grass, giving it a rugged barren feel, adding to its raw beauty.
The South Arm is known for its beautiful beaches. A short drive will take you to the gorgeous beach and small town of Cremorne, with calm still waters this is the perfect beach for a swim in the warmer months.
The next beach further south is Clifton Beach, one of Hobart's most popular surfing beaches and only a 10 minute drive from The Point. The beach faces southeast into Storm Bay exposing it to southerly swells.
The surf break directly out the front of the property is called Mays Point, a sheltered point break. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here.
"The changing colours of the landscape are mesmerising to watch"
"Our aim was to give the contemporary building a sense of place, while being mindful of it's influence over the natural environment"
Stuart Tanner, Architect
The Point was designed by award winning architect Stuart Tanner, of Tanner Architects, with an aim to design a caostal retreat that would sit humbly within the landscape and maximise the experience of place.
The detail and quality of the build by The Points award winning builder Scott Cordwell, of Cordwell Built, is exceptional.
A carefully managed excavation tucks the building gently into the contour, providing shelter from Tasmania’s strong winds within a sun filled courtyard.
The clever positioning and direction of the building gives visitors a wonderful sense of intimacy with the environment whilst not having a big impact on the natural location.
Concrete has been used extensively throughout not only because of how it lends itself to totally unique design outcomes, but because of its suitability as a structural solution in harsh coastal environments.
The concrete provides the structural framework and a strong visual aesthetic for The Point, however the extensive use of floor to ceiling double glazing means the overall appearance of The Point is one of transparency and lightness.
"The materials were chosen for their robust, durable nature
coupled with their synergy with the surroundings"
Stuart Tanner, Architect
Industrial components are utilised to create an architecture of tactility and resilience. The materiality chosen is both raw and robust. With raw concrete walls, polished concrete floors and mild steel throughout coupled with the dramatic black marine ply ceiling the house feels solid and enduring. The gallery of landscape beyond dominates the interior, allowing confident, natural finishes to create a
restful quality to the experience
This bold uncomplicated design is complimented by the exterior use of weathered wharf timbers, huge hand-sawn hardwood seating and feature rocks, all large in scale to complement the scale of the house. Crushed Bluestone and mild steel edging sit peacefully within the environment to finish off the house surrounds.