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Published on August 4th, 2009 | by john.weir


The MONA Pavilions to open, Tasmania

Due to open on 1 November 2009, the new MONA Pavilions are located on the edge of the Derwent River, just 15 minutes’ drive from Hobart, on the edge of the Moorilla vineyard. The pavilions share their name with the A$150 million MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) – Australia’s largest private museum – which will open on the Moorilla Estate in late 2010. The four new pavilions have been created by one of Australia’s most innovative architects Fender Katsalidis and consist of three translucent glass and steel cubes that appear suspended on their apex, while the fourth pavilion is a diamond-shaped three-storey building enclosed in silver metallic. Guests can choose from one- or two-bedrooms and each self-contained pavilion is completely private, with access to an enclosed, heated lap-pool, sauna and gymnasium. Owner, David Walsh, has chosen works from his private collection for each pavilion. Guests will also have access to their choice of online imagery streamed from the MONA collection once the Museum opens. Guests will find their in-room Moorilla wine collection stored in two-temperature zone wine cellars, as well as a 24 hour personal butler to open them. Rates from A$450 to A$1,000 per night (approx £225 – £500). www.moorilla.com.au


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