Blue Magnolia



Blue Magnolia


A rare 1840s pair of row houses on an internal lot in urban Hobart, crying out for restoration, caught the eye of clients who had successfully completed a similar project with us. Blue Magnolia is a rare remaining example of such a row house building, many others having become victim to 20th century commercial expansion. Conservation and restoration, not only of the physical structure but also of the original use was, therefore, appropriate.

New work inside the original building hints at previous layout. Two original stairwells, long removed, are now represented by void and visible upper floor patching. Original openings through the thick stone walls remain. New openings are visually treated as new. The original dual entry doors remain but a new main entry is located to protect the original building fabric. Playful yet understated additions, providing modern amenities, complete the project.



biotope architecture.interiors (formerly MGArchitecture.Interiors)

Practice Team

Project architect – Rosa Douramanis


Principal builder – George Morozoff

Builder – Merlin Constructions

Building surveyor – Pitt & Sherry Building Surveyors

Lighting consultant – Casa Monde Lighting

Engineer – JSA Consulting Engineers

Heritage consultant – Peter Spratt

Heritage consultant – Graeme Corney

Photographer – Thomas Ryan

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