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Castaways Resort & Spa

View to Sea View to Sea Melanie Ryan


Queensland Entries 2011

The creation of the revitalised resort experience commenced with a strong engagement between the building and the foreshore parklands. Activities from arrival, dining, relaxing, and swimming are all linked intrinsically to the spectacular beachfront and island views.

The existing gardens were stripped back and enhanced to offer sightlines into the building form, a new vehicle and pedestrian entry established to welcome guests and the local community alike. The redesign emphasises pedestrian linkages between the surrounding streets, the esplanade and the resort. The use of vertical timber panels and screens rhythmically complement the existing strong gabled roof form providing a richly articulated and visually dynamic exterior towards the beachfront and parklands and a comfortable scale for pedestrians.

Multiple outdoor timber decking areas surround the two new pools, the lap pool promoting active recreation, and the smaller pool offering more relaxed ambience adjacent the beverage bar. The decking areas offer a range of spatial and privacy experiences, to suit the varied taste of guests. Informal areas have been created using visually permeable timber screens to provide a sense of privacy whilst allowing the individual to participate in the surrounding activities, i.e. swimming, sun bathing, dining or beverages by the bar.

The internal spaces were reconfigured to accommodate reception-lobby seating space, beverage bar, display kitchen, lounge areas and bathrooms. Interior design is visually stimulating, the simple palette of materials linking both interior spaces and outdoor areas promoting through breezes, natural light, visual lines and vistas. Blackbutt timber dominates throughout and finished with respect to its location, transitioning from naturally weathered at the building edges, stained outdoor elements and polished internally.
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  • Public or Commercial Buildings, 2011

2011 Entries

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