The Hedberg

Nestled in Old Hobart Wapping town, lies one of Tasmania’s most culturally significant buildings, The Hedberg. The cultural and creative industries precinct incorporates creative studies at the University of Tasmania and Australia’s oldest working theatre, the Theatre Royal.

A $110 million development spanning over a decade and necessitating comprehensive heritage strategies and technically intricate spaces. The Hedberg is now a national award- winning masterpiece that has helped shape Hobart CBD. The heritage strategy was developed between the two co-existing buildings with the Hedberg, providing a more contemporary layer to the site. A 290 seat recital hall, 350 seat studio theatre, contemporary teaching spaces with a four story foyer that connects each level of theatre collectively.

The lighting for the Hedberg had to develop a scheme that provided functionality to the multi use spaces whilst also enhancing the sense of drama delivered by the architecture. A collaboration between Architects Liminal Studio, WOHA & lighting designer Arup Lighting ensured the consideration of lighting techniques and colour temperatures highlighted the importance of finishes, including archaeological ties of the site.

The integration of lighting in the conception of the design phase was key to forming architectural detailing that provided precision visual illumination. Allowing opportunity for the lighting to be atmospheric and subtle, yet purposeful and advantageous to the application.

Hedberg’s doors opened in 2020 for students, educators, performers, researchers & tourists. Its emergence of activity now boosting Tasmania’s cultural sector and architectural advancements.


Architect: Liminal Architecture with WOHA

Lighting Designer: Arup Lighting

Engineer:  JMG, Gandy & Roberts, ARUP

Photography: Dianna Snape/Natasha Mulhall