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Southern Ocean Lodge / Max Pritchard Architect

  • 01:00 - 19 September, 2009
Southern Ocean Lodge / Max Pritchard Architect
Southern Ocean Lodge / Max Pritchard Architect, © George Apostolidis
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From the architect. Southern Ocean Lodge is being described as Australia's first "Super Lodge"; and has already been named by Tatler Magazine following a worldwide survey as Hotel of the Year 2009.

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© George Apostolidis

The architecture relates closely with the dramatic site. Tucked back behind forty metre high cliffs, large sweeping window walls capturing the expansive views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine bush. A strong sculptural element is the one hundred metre long wall of Kangaroo Island limestone weaving from a covered entrance, through the largely untouched bush and into the Main Lodge.

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© George Apostolidis

Twenty one guest suites cascade down the slope from the Main Lodge, with access from a Breezeway ramp. Roofs follow the slope of the land, but with a gentle upward, wave-like curve every fourth suite.

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© George Apostolidis

The Lodge is independent of mains services: rainwater is collected, electricity is generated on site and waste water is treated by a unique organic waste treatment system. The guest suites are constructed of light weight materials that could be carried in, minimizing site disturbance. Foundations are steel screw piles, framing is timber, cladding is iron and fibre cement, and flooring is recycled timber and stone.

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Drake · October 02, 2011

This is just absolutely beautiful..Anyone know wher I can get the masterplan/blueprints of this building.

O. ARQUITECTOS SRS · October 27, 2010

RT @tracourbano_pt: Soberbo!!

Traço Urbano · October 27, 2010
3psy · October 27, 2010

any human intrusion (especially so impersonal and commercial) in such a beautiful landscape is criminal.

jarty · October 27, 2010

This is a great project. The area is very protected and isolated so only a few projects get through the council and rightly so. By investing in a hotel like this it creates awareness and helps protect what we have left.
Think about it mark, this is a single level low impact design which responds to its locality very well.
This isn't about being invisible, it's about being respectful.

rodger · October 27, 2010

world class. love it.

sullka · October 01, 2009

What's with all the hysterical tree huggers?

Lovely project.

My only comment is more about interior design, the lobby, lounge and restaurant areas are too cold, a darker color palette and wood would had been nice.

dearxh · September 22, 2009

will it break the skyline in this island from the sea? i really want to see a photo captured from the sea.

oscar falcón lara · September 21, 2009

Oh man, those views are phenomenal, I like how they all snake toward an amazing view. would love to visit sometime soon and experience for myself.

mike · September 21, 2009

Very sharp and puristic design ... excellent work!

Michael · September 21, 2009

I agree with Mark.
Look at the aerial view.
This is a horrible scar on the landscape.
And for what?
A bunch of $1000/night hotel rooms.
Where's the sensitivity in that?
I can't believe the local authorities allowed such a development on a site like that. They clearly don't value their natural assets.

dito · September 21, 2009


should we go back to caves?

Thibaut · September 20, 2009

Makr 12345, then we should keep this natural world so secret nobody knows it even exists, except on TV? Stupid comment. I've actually been to kangaroo island and trust me, it's really well protected. But thanks humans, you can visit it and even stay there for a night so you have plenty of time to discover it for real. By the way, you should stop surfing the web, you're polluting the planet consuming electricity!

Squidly · September 20, 2009

Mark, we are part of nature; we are nature. what we build is natural, no less a steel mill than a thatched hut. We just have to make wise decisions on the land, and this project is one that respects the land, in my opinion.

mark 1.23.57 · September 20, 2009

please stop destroying the wonders of the natural world with this kind of architectural crimes... you'll only be happy when the whole word is covered with this man made bad taste tsunami.... please keep it as nature intended.

jf8 · October 28, 2010 05:38 PM

Mark, why don't you go hug a tree. This is an architecture site.

james · September 21, 2009 04:03 AM

Agreed, but i would be inclined to blame the developer/client before the architect.

T.Nowicki · September 20, 2009


panza · September 20, 2009

beautiful in detail


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