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.
RAIA QLD Job & Froud Award for Residential Architecture
RAIA The Frederick Romberg Award for Residential Architecture
- Subtropical design
- Natural ventilation
- Central lightwell
- Spotted gum screen details
- 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