Adaptive Re-use

The preservation and revitalisation of heritage buildings in our community is an important aspect of our responsibility to maintain our cultural and built heritage. 

By virtue of the industry we are all so passionate about, we, as architects respect and admire the creative designs of those before us.  When we undertake a heritage revitalisation to repurpose a building we look at the existing features so the character and charm of the existing building is enhanced through a modern lense.  We look at innovative ways to utilise the space and illuminate features that should be respected and maintained. 

Every project presents a different set of challenges that need to be overcome. Through innovative design and contemporary practises we are able to overcome structural, material spatial and environmental issues that are prevalent with heritage buildings. Through respecting the integrity of the building and identifying the future purpose of the space we can create solutions that are a beautiful fusion of the old and the new.

“By breathing new life into an existing building, we’re allowing for new functional uses that can be enjoyed sustainably by future generations.”

Heritage Architecture

We have extensive experience in heritage projects and our approach is a well balanced and practical approach to adaptive reuse architecture. 

We approach each heritage project to achieve positive project outcomes that conserve and enhance the heritage values, while respecting the contemporary needs of owners, users and governments.

ARTAS has worked on the restoration and revitalisation of many of Tasmania’s historically listed buildings including CH Smith, EXAhouse and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery as well as a number of sites with heritage significance such as the Kings Wharf grain silos now Peppers Silo Hotel and the Old Launceston Seaport, now one of Launceston’s premiere waterfront public spaces.


Sustainable Design

We are passionate about our natural environment and we actively seek to minimise any potentially negative environmental impact through sustainable and responsible design. 

Our conscious approach to energy conservation is through the utilisation of efficient materials throughout developments and maximising external influences such as sunlight through building positioning.   

Our comprehensive experience has lead us to uphold this commitment to sustainable design without compromising on quality or budget. We are proud of the legacy of our work to date, and the impact it will have on future generations.

ARTAS Revitalisation

The Charles Hotel & Apartments (previously the Launceston General Hospital)

Peppers Silo Hotel (previously Kings Wharf Grain Silos)

C.H. Smith Revitalisation