Constructed in 1938, Princes Wharf No.1 Shed is the oldest of Hobart’s wharf facilities still standing, and it illustrates the character of the waterfront when Hobart was a major export port. With t...
Constructed in 1938, Princes Wharf No.1 Shed is the oldest of Hobart’s wharf facilities still standing, and it illustrates the character of the waterfront when Hobart was a major export port. With the recycling/upgrading of PW1, there is now the opportunity for a wide range of events and activities to occur on the waterfront throughout the whole year.
PW1 has been used for 20 years by the Hobart City Council annually as the venue for the Taste Festival, and more recently by the music festival MONA FOMA. The revamped PW 1 has been designed to automatically permit a wide range of activities attracting up to 1500 people without requiring a special permit. These include providing community groups with the facility for events, graduation ceremonies, art exhibitions, theatre productions seating up to 700, together with larger scale commercial uses such as corporate shows / exhibitions and conference dinners.
The aim of the upgrading from an architectural perspective was to retain as much of the original character of the shed as possible. New steel famed and ply clad fly towers have been located at both ends of PW1 to define the new internal space, hiding stairs to access overhead gangways. These structures can be used for staging events as well as for the positioning of lighting and sound systems