The bay hotel.

A true esplanade location, this waterfront site was well suited to a build with northern orientation, and in many ways an architect’s dream. Dream sites, however, all come with an inbuilt challenge. The natural compulsion to seek the site’s perfection in your own contribution can demand as much thought as that needed for a problematic location. Holiday accomodation often default to an emphasis on balcony size and open plan interiors to maximise aspects and views for occupants given the brief duration. In this case however, the owner occupation and demographic profile of the project called for a more considered approach. The use of bulkheads and subtle changes in angles and finishes to define areas, served to enhance the sense of discrete and ‘owned’ space. Enabling a space to function as a ‘home’ without detracting from its embrace of location’s natural gifts is our idea of perfection.