Visual perspectives on the height of the proposed Gorge Hotel were probed on the first day of tribunal hearings regarding the project on Monday.
A number of architects, visualisation artists, and landscape advisers were asked about viewpoints on artist representations of the hotel submitted as part of a development application by the JAC Group to the Launceston council.
The decision was appealed by group Launceston Heritage Not Highrise and brought before the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal.
The 39.5-metre high hotel is proposed to be built on the corner of Margaret and Paterson streets.
One visualisation artist disagreed with appellant lawyer Don Armstrong's assertion during the hearing that viewpoints on photo montages of the proposed development were made to give the impression the building was shorter than it actually was.
Mr Armstrong pointed out in one image that the nearby Launceston College, which was three storeys high, was made to look a similar height as the planned nine-storey hotel.
Shadow specialist Andrew Strugnell said part of a nearby home, particularly the sun room, would be overshadowed by the development during certain times in the day.
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