A model for economical and ecologically responsible housing development

Seaspray Resort and Spa

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Details

Donovan Hill - Donovan Hill merged with BVN in 2013
Client
Seaspray Developments
Location
QLD, Australia
Completion
March 2006 - December 2008
Value
$15,000,000
Services
Full Architectural Services
Size

2,300m² GFA

Description

A model for economical and ecologically responsible housing development

Seaspray Resort & Spa includes 17 apartments – two and three bedrooms – which overlook landscaped grounds and walkways. Seaspray was developed to suit the requirements of the Coconut Point Place Code. It is planned as an integrated development providing seamless connection through the landscape to neighbouring residential developments and parklands. There are no fences segregating neighbouring sites from the adjacent parklands which are privately owned, but publicly accessible.

There are two main innovative architectural features in the Seaspray Apartments. The first is the ‘void’ in each apartment. This double-height space enhances both the visual and physical experience of the apartment, while also providing natural light and ventilation to the typically darker central space of ‘terrace’ style apartments. The courtyard acts as an extension of the living, kitchen and dining areas while separating these more public spaces from the upstairs private spaces.

The second major innovation in the apartments is the over-arching folding roofline. The distant view of the apartments is of simple pitched roofs over the main structure with a separate skillion roof floating over the central courtyards. This skillion roof connects the apartments as a ribbon and represents the adjacent mountainous terrain. In this way it becomes the characteristic form that makes the scheme identifiable when viewed from higher vantage points around the development.

Location

QLD, Australia

Awards

2010
RAIA Central Queensland Commendation
RAIA QLD Job & Froud Award for Residential Architecture
RAIA The Frederick Romberg Award for Residential Architecture

Brief Elements

  • Subtropical design
  • Natural ventilation
  • Central lightwell
  • Spotted gum screen details

Summary

  • Void in each apartment which creates amenable double-height living space
  • Over-arching folding roofline which provides a characteristic identity to the development, when viewed from a distance
  • Planned as an integrated development with the landscape and neighbouring residential developments and parklands

Consultants

Van, Bennett & Bennett
Land Surveyor
Andra Bite Consulting
Brannock And Associates
Town Planner
Mills Engineers Pty Ltd
Structural
Capricorn Survey Group
Cardno
Civil
EDAW Australia
Landscape
Graham Marsh Pty Ltd
Civil
NextDoor Design
Orbit Solutions
Solar Logic
Bassett
Electrical
Hutchinson Builders
Contractor
Steve Paul And Partners
Hydraulic
Bondor
CoolIT
Mechanical / AC Consultant
McCarthy Consulting Group
Certifier
Zilzie Pty Ltd
John E Henry Pty Ltd
Civil
NJR