Project Authors- Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille
Awards / Exhibitions
New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific 2008-2010
John Curtin Gallery- Structuring Perception: architectural projects by Pendal and Neille March 2010
Photographer- Shiloh Perry and Chris Geogehan
Approaching the lodge from the expansive landscape a spatial sequence is offered. One notices its horizontal bermed geometry articulated by deep shadows. On arrival linear shadow spaces lead to the reception and shaded common courtyard, the courtyard creates a place to gather, talk and take respite. After selection of a room (range, ocean or range/ocean views), a brief journey is taken through the shadows of the common courtyard. Moving along ramped shaded verandahs that hug the edge of the buildings one approaches petite courtyards leading to elevated private rooms. From the rooms the occupant returns to the landscape, the horizon.
At night the dominance of the horizon gives way to the sky. Communal fire pits, located within the central courtyard, become the place where conversations are had and stories shared. It is here that only the sky and the space illuminated by the fire becomes visible.
Environmental Approach: this new development is concentrated where the landscape has already been marked- within the existing quarry site, integrating the eco-lodge with the earth-based landscape. Shade is associated with refuge. Sun is kept off and out of all buildings. Cross breezes flush buildings and courtyards. Sun, wind and water are all harvested using simple reliable technologies.