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A new home for Sullivans Cove Distillery provides a captivating visitor experience that is distinctly Tasmanian. 

Sullivans Cove whisky is made by a passionate family of people who care about their craft, using minimal intervention techniques and with locally sourced raw ingredients. The design for the new distillery celebrates these values, employing care, authenticity, and sensitive intervention into the precious Derwent River precinct.


  • Traditional Custodians The Muwinina people
  • Location Huon Quays, Hobart, TAS
  • Client Sullivans Cove Distillery
  • Floor Area 9,300m2
  • Floor Levels 2

The new Sullivans Cove Distillery will consist of two structures pairing history with contemporary design. The historic Drill Hall and adjoining Caretaker’s Residence will be carefully restored to its 1912 state to house the main visitor experience areas. These include the world’s first specialty single malt whisky bar and a series of warm and comfortable tasting spaces from which visitors can appreciate the site’s history.

The second structure, the Shadow Building, is designed to sit reverently behind the historic dwelling. A name derived from its footprint, the long & linear Shadow Building looks as if it has been created from the shadow cast by the Drill Hall. The Shadow Building will be clad in corrugated galvanised steel and supported by a mass timber structure grown in plantations south of Hobart and manufactured within Tasmania. It will house the production and processing equipment for the distillery and will have an elevated mezzanine for visitors on guided tours to learn about the process of whisky making.

These two structures will sit within a beautiful landscape filled with native Australian flora and meandering paths, as well as an outdoor events area and gathering spaces. The restoration of these historic buildings and its gardens will enliven Huon Quays, creating a new cultural destination in Hobart for local and international visitors alike to enjoy.


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