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Innovative Tasmanian architecture boosts tourism in Australia

The 2016 Tasmanian state architecture awards have taken place and several of this year's winners were innovative projects that were inspired by the landscape and have benefitted its tourism industry.

In fact, many of them are actually eco-tourism buildings that are seeing local architects play a pivotal role in the tourism sector, reports ABC Online.

Some examples of the top award winners were tourist lodges, which have been built on the Three Capes Track and accommodation pods at Hatherley House in Launceston.

Dale Campisi, from the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Institute, said that the architects who have been creating these buildings are drawing their inspiration from the untouched landscape throughout the state.

He commented: "The Three Capes Track is a great example of that, [it's] a really sensitive insertion.

Mr Campisi also highlighted "Cumulus Studio's very bold statement [at Devil's Corner] on the east coast. That is a big piece of architecture but when an amazing vista you get from it, and it's a really interesting and bold architectural statement".

He feels that the architecture in Tasmania plays a massive part in the success of the tourism industry in the area, as visitors are attracted to the innovations of the accommodations and buildings.

A big name win was for Dunalley House, built by local architect Stuart Tanner, who took home the people's choice award for his work.

The development that he created replaced a holiday home that was lost in the 2013 bushfires.

Mr Tanner said that it was a great honour to be recognised for this building, not just for himself but for everyone who was involved.

There is a real appreciation for built heritage throughout Tasmania, as it takes sensitivity and respect to create something that fits in with the general aesthetic of the area.

In all, the most prestigious award, the John Lee Archer Triennial Prize, was won by Circa Morris-Nunn for its Mountain Retreat Medical Centre in South Hobart. It earned this award for being the best commercial architectural structure since 2013.

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