Business Events Tasmania CEO, Stuart Nettlefold, said the building application for a hotel and conference facilities had been approved for construction on the grounds if its hugely popular gallery on Berriedale Bay.
MONA mastermind David Walsh is said to have narrowed down the field to two competing de two contrasting designs for the new building: one a dominating high rise, the other similar to the existing museum and connected to it via a tunnel.
Guests can currently stay at MONA in deluxe “Pavilions” for up to $1,000 a night, but the hotel is believed to be more affordable with Japanese style capsule rooms $80 per night.
“Most hotels seem to emphasise eliteness and I always want to break that down,” Walsh said. “We’ve done the numbers and a MONA hotel would be, I suspect, pretty productive.”
Gambling millionaire Walsh opened MONA on 21 January 2011, and has been credited for revitalising the Tasmanian economy.