To design an exciting alternative in beachside holiday accommodation which would be something completely different from the ordinary. The accommodation was to be a fun and inspirational environment which would evoke the holiday spirit of escapism, relaxation and entertainment. Our client wanted people to get surprised upon first glance of the apartments and feel even more excited upon entry.
Our client’s initial intention was to make maximum use of the available site area with five two storey holiday apartments. However after much consultation we decided to take a different approach by designing a series of ten smaller and more intimate apartments with the emphasis on the smart use and conservation of space. We wanted to “touch the site lightly” with modestly proportioned yet open planned loft-style apartments in comparison to five “heavy” units. The use of light weight materials such as timber cladding, fibre cement sheet and colorbond steel help to emphasise the light weight nature of the development. A feeling of internal openness is achieved through a series of loft and mezzanine levels playfully yet functionally connected by a series of open and closed stair flights. Spacious deck areas committed to outdoor living and entertaining provide a viewing platform towards the nearby beach. Clever design has ensured that there are no wasted spaces.
The units have taken a brave and innovative approach to multi-residential holiday design. The fundamental design question was “how do we open up a small space” rather than simply designing larger, less defined spaces which would not be used when on a short break away from home. We have designed a building truly reflective of its purpose and function and have also “broken the mould” of predictable and standard holiday accommodation. The accommodation has succeeded in being a casual and fun environment for those seeking something different. The design innovation has paid off as these apartments truly capture the imagination.