The construction of Salamanca Building is the first stage in Hobart’s Parliament Square redevelopment, an important phase in the rejuvenation of the Tasmanian Government’s physical presence. Housed alongside the existing historic Customs House building, and connecting to Parliament House via glass footbridges, the design by fjmt incorporates references to the Tasmanian landscape.
The new workplace for Executive Government, Parliamentarians and an array of government agencies incorporates general work areas on the perimeter of the building to maximise natural light and views over the Derwent River. Each committee room pays homage to a Tasmanian mountain range, with Seta Executive chairs featuring in one of the main committee rooms. In general, Australian designers have been favoured in the choice of furnishings in Salamanca Building, with the Splay chair designed by Jon Goulder for Australian design collective OneThird positioned in a light-filled stairwell.