Picnic Island, Tasmania is one of Whitemark’s more unusual projects. Permit approvals were very complex in this sensitive private island location which is shared with 1000 penguins. Flora and fauna, waste management, aboriginal heritage, were all areas requiring input from external consultants.

With the building cantilevered over the high water mark, there is probably not a similar approval anywhere in Australia.


This project has been nominated for an Australian Institute of Architects award in 2017 under the Small Project category.

The retreat was designed by Tasmanian architect, John Latham.

Tasmania is going through a tourism boom and there are many great opportunities for tourism businesses.

Pic: Tamsin O’Neill green magazine