Overlooking the lake and bathed in sunlight, the site on Willow Place is one of the best sites in one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world. A site of such quality deserves a great architectural outcome. We have identified some key insights to unlocking the full potential of this
The ideal design outcome is to create a series of buildings that can balance the key project drivers. the number and quality of the new buildings need to capitalise on the amazing site, while still achieving density suitable to the area, and also enhancing and celebrating the dramatic natural landscape of the site.
a design narrative has been developed to achieve these goals. the built form of each dwelling is broken into three distinct architectural elements:
1. a stone base that includes the garages, building platforms and utility spaces that do not require daylight/views. the form of this base follows the rock formations on the site and avoids large, imposing, retaining structures and deep cuts into the natural land form.
2. timber clad and timber screened bedrooms that connect to the planting and trees on the site and blend into the natural setting.
3. living/dining areas that are highly glazed with amazing views, a private terrace, and sense of luxury but that also relate to kelvin height’s original baches and the utilitarian early pioneering buildings of the area.
The end result is a series of buildings that enhance the natural landscape and read as a collection of smaller, delicate, built forms sitting lightly on the landscape.