Bence Mulcahy, working with Muir Architects and Lovell Chen, was short-listed to Stage 2 of a competition to design a new history and interpretation centre at the Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart.
The World Heritage listed Female Factory is Australia’s most significant historic site associated with female convicts. Today three of the site’s original five yards remain, along with the sandstone Matron’s Cottage.
Our proposed interpretation centre connects the three yards and preserves the site’s delicate archaeology by bridging the remains. Elevated garden beds define the original location of buildings.
The building is constructed from limestone tiles, selected to give a domestic touch. In keeping with the original buildings, the interior is simple and reduced. Natural light and tactile shelves help visitors navigate the site.