Elegant guest accommodation in the Southern Highlands - in design development.
Old and new
The project comprises two distinct but complementary parts – the historic former Council Chambers, which will be carefully restored, and a new glass pavilion at the rear. A masonry outdoor fireplace anchors the new structure, creates a place to gather on cool evenings, and nods to the strong vertical elements of the elaborately-articulated Victorian era facade.
The new wing has been designed as a modestly-proportioned pavilion of sustainable materials, deferential in scale to the historic building, but with similar strength of form and line. A deep, shaded porch and angled wall give the new front door of the building the same clarity and gravitas as the more classically formal doorway facing the street.
An airy common room opens on two sides to beautiful landscaped gardens. Comfortable places to sit and gather around a fire, mingle by a bar, or curl up with a book are all included in a simply-appointed space. The airiness and restraint of the space provides a complementary character to the more ornate architectural character of the historic building.