There are a number of difficult challenges to consider with the site given its narrowness, length, steepness and orientation. The site affords some of the best views in Newcastle but this also exposes it to some of the most extreme weather conditions and wild surf. It is through these extreme conditions we find the most exciting buildings.


The strategy was developed around the idea of prospect and refuge…how might you exist on a beautiful day versus bunkering down during an east coast low. A series of pavilions were imagined across the site, stepping down the steep slope to create a coherent and connected plan. The spaces between form courtyards that enable the sun to enter the building throughout the day and protect from the strong winds both summer and winter.