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:
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.