Award-winning architecture firm, Cumulus Studio are working on a new state-of-the-art rowing precinct beside Launceston’s North Esk River.
Commissioned by Rowing Tasmania, the new precinct will add to the transformation of the adjacent Riverbend Park – one of the first projects the architecture studio worked on in 2012.
The elite training facility is set to serve over 1000 active rowers in Northern Tasmania, with leases already signed by the Tasmanian Institute of Sport and the Tasmanian University Boat Club.
Cumulus Studio said their design for the precinct took a range of competing user needs into account, as the facility will be used by social rowers, junior competitors, dragon boat racers and world-class athletes as well.
Focusing on rower amenities and site context, the precinct’s design references traditional boat shed forms as well as the (now demolished) woolstores that hold a prominent place in the history of the Launceston river edge.
The contemporary design will feature six high ceiling boathouses with individual change room facilities, as well as a shared gym and breakfast area. A shared apron also encourages rowers and spectators to socialise and grow as a community.
Limited information is currently available on the project, but the master plan is expected to be completed around October this year.