Great Oyster Bay
Peter Whyte, George Apostolidis ©Completed
AIA Tasmania: The Colin Phillip Commercial Award 2011
AIA Tasmania: Colorbond Award 2011
Australian Timber Design Award : National Winner 2011
Hospitality Design Awards for Creative Achievement: Judges Special Award 2011
The site is located at Coles Bay on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia and overlooks Great Oyster Bay, the Hazards and the Freycinet Peninsula.
Our brief was for an intimate luxury res...
Our brief was for an intimate luxury resort, of 20 private suites that was is intended to be a destination in its own right and mainly cater to inbound ‑ interstate or international - guests. It will provide for (and possibly create) a new high-end tourist market in the state. Also important to the client was that the project had an iconic, highly recognisable form that also related to the natural site. One of the main challenges of the design was to reconcile the client (and market’s) perception of luxury and still capture elements of the unique Tasmanian context.
The view is important part of this, however, materials, colours, scale and form also contribute strongly. Materials were selected to work on many levels - pragmatic reasons (such as built form, availability and remote construction), their aesthetic associations (vernacular style, natural context, or luxury expectations) and to extenuate spaces or volume.
This was reinforced by a colour pallet that was sampled from a close examination of the surrounding landscape. Furthermore, the grandness of the main resort building, which response to the larger context, is counteracted by a more personal and intimate scale in the suites.