The Waratah-Wynyard Council has approved a $100 million luxury resort on the headlands of Table Cape, in North West Tasmania.
Architect Silvester Fuller began their design process in 2014 for the developer Table Cape Enterprises Pty Ltd. Table Cape Enterprises is owned by the Ransley family who have lived in the area for generations.
The project comprises four core components:
The site for the project is the Table Cape headland itself, an inactive volcanic plug, thrust into Bass Strait on Tasmania’s North West Coast. Elevated above the surrounding countryside, the cape establishes stunning views along the rugged coastline as well as long range views across the undulating agricultural landscape inland.
Project spokesperson Narelle Woodhouse said the design aims to immerse the visitor into the natural landscape and capture the stunning natural beauty of the North West Coast.
“Currently this region of Tasmania has no comparable offerings in the luxury boutique market,” Woodhouse said.
“The development will involve the creation of a number of jobs in both the construction and operational phases.”
Silvester Fuller and landscape architects from Aspect Studios designed the project to be hybrid –
part landscape, part building – an extension of the landscape, sympathetic to its context and responding respectfully to it.
A large green roof covers the majority of the building. Set into the roof-scape are a collection of courtyards creating three distinct experiences. A new village green welcomes visitors into the Farmers Restaurant and main event spaces. This is intended as a local community meeting place, designed for outdoor events such as markets, shows and performance.
Centrally, the second courtyard is a sunken leisure area, protected from prevailing winds yet open to the northern sun and defined by the outdoor pool and spa. The final courtyard defines the resort arrival. Its approach is a hidden experience, a carved pathway in the land leading to the resort.
To the south on the edge of the cape, the building divides into the individual rooms associated with each function, separating and allowing the natural landscape and building to merge together.
The spaces vary in volume with each offering a different framing of the coast and landscape beyond. Larger restaurant and events spaces will have expansive coastline views and the more intimate villas are nestled into the existing tree canopy.
Sustainability underpins the design concept, drawing upon and supporting the global identity of Tasmania. To this end, the project will feature solar power and on-site water recycling to world's best standards.
Table Cape Enterprises and the project’s architects hope to see the development become an international destination that will contribute to Tasmania’s economic development and growth, particularly in the area of tourism and hospitality.
The year for project completion is yet to be determined though construction may begin in 2019 once the planning and consultation process is complete.
Images courtesy Silvester Fuller/MIR.