Port Arthur Jetty Shelter


Evocative of a simple boatshed, the Jetty Shelter at Mason Cove, Port Arthur Historic Site, is an unassuming contemporary “threshold” building – a link and transitionary space between land and sea, past and present, for visitors using the Hobart / Port Arthur ferry. As a public amenity, its function is to manage safe access and to ensure waiting passengers a measure of comfort – shelter from the elements and the provision of public conveniences. The shelter is a place for pause on arrival, allowing orientation and contemplation of the historic setting to be explored and a place for reflection on the experience and its revelations prior to departure. Use of local timbers express the Tasmanian context.