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If the (Tasmanian) Devil’s In the Details, then Tasmania's MONA Pavilions Have Got It Right

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May 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Okay. We’re just going to say it. These accommodation Pavilions on the grounds of Australia’s largest private museum are sexy. As in sizzlin’.

First, there’s the museum itself. MONA (as in Museum of Old and New Art) is an edgy, subterranean gallery owned by multi-millionaire David Walsh, who is said to have gained his vast wealth through gambling. Four underground levels built into an old sandstone quarry contain a $110+-million USD collection including pieces by Damien Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

And then there are the Pavilions. Four of the eight Pavilions are named after famous Australian artists, and the four that followed are named after leading 20th-century architects. They are architecturally beautiful. Three are glass cubes that appear balanced on the landscape, one is a three-storey diamond shaped building enclosed in a silver metallic skin, and the remaining four cantilever over a river.

Each self-contained Pavilion contains avant-garde artwork from MONA’s collection, with custom furniture by Tasmanian designers as well as pieces by recognizable names such as Philippe Starck and Ron Arad. Each suite comes with a full kitchen – although with an award-winning restaurant onsite, who really wants to cook on vacation – and (we’re excited about this one), a private cellar stocked with Moorilla wines and Moo Brew beer from the onsite winery and micro-brewery.

The four artist Pavilions – Charles, Brett, Sidney and Arthur – are contemporary in design, with light wood and steel (these are the ones that have the gorgeous cantilevered decks). The architect-inspired Pavilions – Roy, Robin, Esmond and Walter – are more modernist in style, full of dark wood, minimalist white and hits of lush color.

Prices will set you back a hefty $490 AUD (approximately $482 USD) for the Sidney or Arthur Pavilions, and up to $950 AUD ($935 USD) for beautiful Roy. But, come on - these rates do include breakfast.

[Photos: Tourism Tasmania/Brett Boardman]

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