Southern Ocean Lodge
Southern Ocean Lodge, perched on a 40 metre high cliff with panoramic views over the wild Southern Ocean, is being described as Australia’s first “Super Lodge”. Kangaroo Island has a reputation as Australia’s “Galapagos” with its abundance of endemic native and rare wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, sea lions, fur seals, fairy penguins, echidnas and platypus. The Lodge houses 21 spacious guest suites and restaurant/bar/lounge, primarily for international visitors seeking a unique Australian experience. The architecture has a close relationship with the dramatic site. The Main Lodge is tucked back into the cliff top, with large sweeping window walls capturing the expansive views of the ocean, rugged coastal cliffs and pristine bush. A strong sculptural element is the 200 metre long curving Kangaroo Island Limestone wall, which weaves from a covered entrance, through the largely untouched bush and into the Main Lodge. It provides a textured backdrop to the finely detailed guest areas with recesses accommodating desks, seating and reception facilities for guests and staff. 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. The curves define the rainwater collection system with gutters extending out to galvanised iron rain water tanks. Such tanks are ubiquitous iconic structures in dry rural Australia, and here they emphasise the sustainability principles of the project, with all rainwater collected for use within the Lodge. The Lodge is independent of mains services: electricity is generated on site and waste water is treated by a unique organic waste treatment system. Preservation of the surrounding bush was a high priority. The guest suites are constructed of light weight materials that could be carried in, minimising 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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