Liminal was engaged by RACT Destinations, to deliver nine pavilions to expand Freycinet Lodge’s offerings. The Coastal Pavilions provide a point-of-difference to the 60 cabins already established as part of the 1990’s development.
A challenge presented by the brief to Liminal, was to locate nine pavilions where six of the original waterfront cabins were demolished and still provide a sense of privacy and seclusion. Liminal spent time on site with Landscape Architects, Rush Wright & Associates, Flora and Fauna expert, EcoTas Ecology, and the Project Manager, Brett Torossi, plotting where the optimal placement of the nine coastal pavilions would be while being constrained by existing cabins, lease boundaries, substantial rock outcrops and wanting to minimise impact on the existing vegetation.
Liminal took a design cue from the embracing and fluid forms of the nearby bays as a mechanism to address these constraints. The positioning and interplay of the living room and bedroom pods, shield and embrace the generous deck, while offering privacy to the outdoor bath. The design and ability to mirror the plan to optimise site-specific orientation, helps to take the focus away from nearby neighbours.
Joinery has been used sparingly, and where exposed, such as the vanity unit and living room unit, it has been made a feature while being integrated holistically into the design. Liminal worked closely with Mint Joinery who fabricated the carefully crafted pieces. The specialty Tasmanian timber, Blackwood, was chosen for the joinery for its warmth, depth of colour and beautiful grain.
So as not to detract from the stunning views, all condiments, refreshments, mirrors, accessories and luxury items typically associated with reputable resorts, are strategically hidden behind carefully designed cupboard doors that appear to be part of the wall. The doors are fabricated out of the same timber cladding as the walls so as not to interrupt the fluid forms and to ensure all distracting ‘clutter’ is hidden away – heightening the immersive experience in the Tasmanian landscape.
The simple colour palette that guided the choice of fabrics respond to the coastal textures and variety of grey’s, oranges and blues found in the nearby granite rocks, rich coloured lichen and deep blue ocean.
To minimise the pavilions’ footprint and therefore resources used, planning uses the circulation space through the pavilion as the circulation space that would typically serve a ‘bathroom’ separately. The bathroom here is deconstructed allowing each element to be celebrated individually, bathed in natural light and bush or water views, while providing a unique spatial experience.
During construction, Liminal invested considerable time on site working with the builders, Cordwell Lane, resolving details to ensure the design intent was retained and the craftsmanship was fully realised through the expression of the interiors and exteriors. The absence of right angles combined with curved forms, meant that the builders’ skills were put to the test. The skill of the builders to achieve the meticulous detailing required, reminds us of what true craftsmanship is.
The modest budget meant Liminal reimagined utilitarian and common materials in a featured way. Examples include how the only Tasmanian-made structural plywood was used for the floors and ceilings, and how offcuts of Tasmanian Oak were applied in a random configuration to the walls with different thicknesses, producing beautiful qualities and shadowing as the light shifts and changes.
Liminal worked with the builders to produce prototypes and many samples of wall cladding and flooring with eco-friendly stains to enrich the colouring, so it would complement the carefully used, specialty timber, Tasmanian Blackwood. Liminal always seeks to push the design potential within tight budgetary constraints – to include special features that create drama and create a unique experience, such as the curved glass, Liminal counterbalanced through the innovative use of economical materials.