Architecture Australia Unbuilt Awards 09

Peninsular Marina Resort
Landmark – Identity – Branding

Landmark architecture wields the power to capture travelers’ imaginations, invigorate a local economy, encapsulate the genius loci, while simultaneously inspiring and uniting the surrounding community. Recent examples include Frank Gehry’s architecturally ground breaking Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Frank Wright’s Burj Al Arab in Dubai. JØrn Utzon’s iconic Sydney Opera House is Australia’s greatest example of monumental architecture. It is arguably one of Australia’s biggest draw cards for both overseas and local travelers. It integrates both man made genius with the surrounding natural beauty, becoming one of the world’s most recognized monuments and putting Australia on the architectural world map.

The Brisbane and greater Brisbane areas possess much natural beauty, but as yet have no Architectural “Brandmark” that is internationally recognizable or distinguishable in setting it apart from surrounding cities.

The historical connection between Brisbane and Redcliffe, begins with the first penal settlement established north of Sydney. Located at Redcliffe in 1824 by John Oxley, the penal settlement was later transported to a more favourable site in Brisbane in 1825. Lying dormant until the 1880’s, Redcliffe was reenergized through its renewed popularity as Brisbane’s closest seaside resort destination, comparable to many similar seaside destinations in England. Up until WW2 when the service was terminated, day-bathers travelled by steamboat from Brisbane to enjoy the safety of its sheltered sandy beaches. Unlike many other waterside suburbs in South East Queensland, the Redcliffe Peninsula had from WW2 up until recently been somewhat disregarded and in turn is underdeveloped. This is despite the area affording spectacular views of sea and bay and located within an easy 40min commute from the Brisbane CBD.

The Peninsular Marina Resort attempts to capture the ethos of both Brisbane and Redcliffe through its relationship to the water and surrounding bay, both through physical and visual connectivity, while generating a sustainable symbiotic relationship with the surrounding community. Utilizing as the springing point for the development the existing parklands located in the Clontarf area, which is the southernmost part of the Redcliffe Peninsula. The proposed design concept includes a 350 birth marina, yacht club & commercial hub, as well as a low density waterside residential strip and a grand 5 star residential and hotel complex. The proposal includes the resurrection of a water connection between Brisbane and Redcliffe, terminating at a port within the marina at the base of the hotel complex.

The architecture of the main resort structure and yacht club draw inspiration from visual imagery associated with both the aquatic location and heritage. The hotel’s towers are envisaged as “Sculpitecture”, elegant in form, mimicking that of the billowing sails of the boats that would have first landed on the Redcliffe Peninsular, complete with a stylized central viewing mast and cantilevered platform. The Yacht Club borrows inspiration from that of the surfboard, with a slender aerodynamic roof form that sits atop a simple tiered monolithic structure; it complements through juxtaposition the implied lightness of form intended for the hotel.