Architecture that Soars

Launceston Airport Launceston, Australia

Launceston Airport

Launceston, Australia


Buchan’s design reimagines one of the most popular gateways to Tasmania and transforms it into a destination in itself.

The brief for the terminal transformation asked for the creation of a Tasmanian ‘sense of place’ through the use of natural materials in the fit-out and a celebration of Launceston and Tasmania in the selection of locally sourced products. Buchan’s design vision creates a space that responds to the brief. It captures the Tasmanian story, and applauds the rich culture of food, wine and whiskey, the arts and crafts and the deep connection with history and the landscape.

The essence of the natural environment surrounding the airport is crafted in the feature timber ceiling and glass façade which showcase striking views of the grassed airstrip and looming mountains beyond. The spaces celebrate the informal personal welcome that Launceston is proud of and they fill with life and affection as departures and arrivals crowds mingle there.

Locally sourced produce is on offer in the new retail and food and beverage facilities, reinforcing the strong connection to the region.


  • Client /Australia Pacific Airports (Launceston)
  • Discipline /AR. ID
  • Sector /Retail
  • Region /Australia
  • Team / Grant Withers, Dong Uong
  • Awards / Winner, Commercial Award, Australian Institute of Architects (Tas) 2016,