Ambitious Plans Unveiled For Hotel And Casino At MONA


Founder David Walsh of The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has unveiled early designs for a new 172-room hotel, to be known as HOMO (Hotel at MONA).

Located at Berriedale, north of Hobart, and designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects the project will feature:

  • Hotel rooms elevated above the Derwent River in an inverted suspension bridge structure
  • A private, members-only casino for non-Tasmanians, designed as an 'anti casino'
  • Three-level library holding Walsh's collection of rare books and manuscripts
  • Spa treatment centre
  • Outdoor stage and amphitheatre with children's sculpture and an expansive playground
  • 1,075-seat indoor theatre for a range of performances including music, circus, dance, plays, musicals, speech nights, school concerts, cinema, comedy, conferences, business launches and events
  • 1,000-capacity function and events centre for AGM-style events, product exhibitions, conventions and performances
  • Access to HOMO will be encouraged by water with the hotel entry integrated with the ferry terminal.

The ABC reported that the build of HOMO was expected to take approximately three years from commencement and will create 300 new full-time construction jobs.

When open, HOMO will deliver an additional 120 full-time jobs on an ongoing basis.

Tasmania's Glenorchy City Council are yet to receive any formal plans or submissions for MONA and Walsh hopes they don’t object: “All of these things are in the nature of challenging the very thing that we’ve become successful doing,” he said.

“It’s the nature of risk that you don’t rest on your laurels.”

MONA co-chief executive Mark Wilsdon told Australian Associated Press they want the hotel to boost interstate tourism, which accounts for almost 75 per cent of visitors.
“We expect HOMO to be attractive to large segments of the national and international business and conference markets that previously haven’t turned to Tasmania due to a lack of appropriate infrastructure,” Mr Wilsdon said.

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