Salamanca Building Parliament Square

The Salamanca Building was the first stage of Hobart’s Parliament Square redevelopment for the Tasmanian Government. Designed by award-winning architects FJMT, in consultation with renowned heritage architects Design 5, design excellence and enhancement of the public domain was the main focus of the project. 


Click-on Battens


Spotted Gum

Design Intent

According to FJMT Studio, the interior design concept ‘explores the expression of a contemporary Tasmanian Government building and sets out to create an inclusive sense of identity for staff and visitors. The organic and welcoming design language incorporates references to the enduring beauty of the Tasmanian landscape.’

Sculptform Click-on Battens in spotted gum fit with the design’s organic and welcoming intent as the material brings an element of nature indoors, and a host of benefits to people. 

Warm Timber Accent

The Salamanca building provides a modern workplace for government agencies, including the Department of Premier & Cabinet. It features public parliamentary committee rooms and a distinct new connection to the historic Parliament House.

Click-on Battens in Spotted Gum feature in all areas, either on ceilings or walls. The timber’s warmth is a welcome addition to the new Salamanca building, making inhabitants feel at ease within their working environment, as timber beholds biophilic design benefits. 

Project Specifications
Product Click-on Battens
Material Timber
Species Spotted Gum
Profile Block 32x32
Spacing 20mm
Coating Clear Oil
Track Standard
Acoustic Backing Yes

Integrated Lighting

The boardroom includes a ceiling lined with our timber battens and also features integrated lighting between the battens in illuminated lines. This adds a warm glow that radiates off the timber and accentuates the clean lines of timber across the ceiling. In the cafeteria area, lighting shines down upon the vertically installed wall battens; this exacerbates the attractive variation of tone and texture within the pieces of timber.

Lighting is a really effective way to create an ambience and add visual effects to a space. We offer a range of lighting integration options which you can find out about here.

Project Summary


FJMT Studio

Completion Date


Main Contractor

Hansen Yuncken


Adam Gibson


Hobart, Tasmania



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