Australian Tasmanian Aboriginal building typologies challenge preconceived notions of
what constitutes an interior. This challenge is due to the range of interior-types that are
represented by Tasmanian Aboriginal buildings, ranging from windbreaks to full dome
buildings. These building typologies require a rethinking of interiors to take place. This
article provides an introduction to Tasmanian Aboriginal, or palawa, buildings and their
associated interior spaces. The notion of interior is discussed through a framework of
interiority. This is presented as a means to engage with the condition of interior-"ness,"
which may exist beyond the enclosed or internal space demarcated by a building. This
expansion of the definition of interior allows for a broader spectrum of interior expressions
to be explored. In addition to the paperís purpose to expand conceptions of interior
space, how these conceptions of interior space are perpetuated is also explored. This is
revealed through a discussion of how palawa buildings are represented in the historic
literature from which knowledge of these buildings is derived. Language is explored
as a means through which recorded observations of buildings have acted as critiques,
operating referentially to the culture of the observer.