Awards: 2014 Sunshine Coast Architecture Awards – Regional Commendation for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing; Regional Commendation for Interior Architecture; Master Builders Sunshine Coast Award Refurbishment/Renovations over 5 million
“The rebirth of Seahaven is a strong statement for recycling, rather than rebuilding, in this dune front landscape of Noosa’s main beach. The intelligent reconfiguring of the beachfront terraces has enhanced the engagement with the beach, in both directions, and promotes the Noosa vernacular. The newly articulated balconies frame the views but improve privacy and protection to allow extended indulgence in this beachfront aspect. Light is drawn deeply within by translucence and reflectance of well-chosen finishes. Dual use planning and furnishing enlarge the compact space.” 2014 Australian Institute of Architects Jury Citation
Regeneration of the northern end of Hastings Street, Noosa Heads was a major driver for the redevelopment on Noosa’s Main Beach frontage. Comprising accommodation, restaurant and retail, the facilities were at the end of their usable life. Rather than demolish and rebuild, the building was stripped to its shell before being replanned and upgrades implemented for all building services and infrastructure. Within this process the replanning of the floorplate allowed the creation of newly configured units increasing capacity along with the flexibility to accommodate dual key units.
Design focused on creating a unified and environmentally responsive facility which contributed to the urban fabric of this popular destination. The result allows the buildings to blend seamlessly with the sand dune without imposing itself on the beach beyond, whilst the interiors have successfully overcome the limitations of the deep narrow plan and giving light and spacious amenity. The Hasting street frontage with is glazed lantern has reconnected and reinvigorated the western end of Hastings Street and helped to enliven the pedestrian journey