Sekisui House Australia has commissioned HASSELL to undertake the master planning of the Yaroomba Beach site on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, including architecture, and landscape architecture. The project represents a rare opportunity for an integrated, mixed-use community surrounded by dune buffers and vegetation. The overall vision includes The Westin Coolum Spa and Resort which will provide a positive harmonious development that the entire community can enjoy. This will be the first five star resort developed on the Sunshine Coast in 30 years and included integrated conference and events space. The development will be an exemplar of sustainable and ecologically sensitive design that respects the natural character and environment of the area. Embedded throughout the masterplan are a series of design principles informed by the Sunshine Coast’s landscape.
HASSELL responded to the specific ‘touching the ground lightly’ guidelines by drawing the environment right up and into the buildings, highlighting the unique qualities the locality evokes. The design interweaves the landscape and built form from the edges of the dune to the heart of the site, with the built form taking inspiration from Mount Coolum creating distinction between a landscaped base and a delicate green overlay. HASSELL Principal Kevin Lloyd believes the proposed development Yaroomba Beach has the potential to create a precinct of regional and state importance. The development of a five star hotel with associated facilities will expand the appeal of the Sunshine Coast as a domestic and international tourism destination.
These facilities will also provide the opportunity to cater for the expanding conference/convention industry, thereby attracting major events to the region. This will in turn provide employment and economic growth to the area. “We have designed a building that is understated and more of a natural extension of the landscape and the character of the Sunshine Coast. It sets a new benchmark for the architectural expression of the region – a building that embraces the local vernacular and evolves this to create a new exemplar,” Kevin said. “The façade is expressed as a series of distinct elements,, with landscape drawn vertically through the building, connecting the permeable ground plane with a series of richly landscaped terraces at roof level.” He said.