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Picnic Island Lodge is in for the 'Small' Projects award, as the architecture is so simple - being based in choosing and then tweeking the traditional Tasmanian boatshed and shack vernacular to deliver an appropriate public spirit at a business-like construction & cost.
Picnic Island Lodge is coming alive from drawing board to heartthrob. Haha; what a ripper little project. To conserve the very delicate ecosystem of the island, including penguin burrows, penguins, lizards, beetles, some aboriginal midden and simple terrific Tasmania land; to respect the awesome nature of Coles Bay even simply as a backdrop for local living
- to do this we simply had no option but to build fantastically close to the water!!!
A backup note here is that our many Tasmanian islands (we are an archipelago ay!) are under threat from ignorance and carelessness. They develop their own special local ecosystems and when disturbed the birds suffer, weeds grow and delight becomes sometimes empty stubbies and trampled nature.
The only way to secure them is to control access. This is why it is best option to build in this paradise and at the water edge to boot. We create controlled portal to a special nature.
We have adopted Tasmania's traditional shack-boatshed 'look', for its simplicity, economy and familiarity. And have simply tweaked it to make it a public identity in nature rather than the private identities of shacks-boatsheds. We could have gone for a modern sleek animal look. That would have been great fun; but for buildability and cost given the resources available economically to the island and the business profile requiring caution and low capital.
So here we now have it copper clad (pretty severe environment at times and with constancy of marine conditions), some subtle curve to marry the land profiles and interiors at high tide opening at the water. Nothing significantly breaking the island skyline and even a she-oak growing through an allowance in the deck.
Love this work.