Lorne Point

Foreshore Formations

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
Lorne, Victoria

Located just over a kilometre west of Lorne township, Point Grey is currently home to two buildings that have been of great importance to the local community, and to the Surf Coast Shire’s wider tourism potential.

Our studio, in collaboration with Edition OfficeMcgregor Coxall and Finding Infinity, was shortlisted in the Point Grey Precinct, Lorne design competition, which called for the replacement of these buildings and complementary public realm works. Together we responded to the phenomenology and history of the site, as well as the surrounding landscape and views. Finding Infinity provided a sustainability strategy for the site, with targets of energy net-positive, water neutral and zero waste, with landscape masterplanning by McGregor Coxall.

Inspired by the immense rock mass on the site, our submission reimagined a series of spaces in which to gather on the Point Grey foreshore. The architecture, by Edition Office, frames views to the surrounding landscape and provides a platform for viewing – integrating shelter, amenity and hospitality. The elevated platform acts as the entryway to the site, concealing below the pigmented rammed earth pavilions housing a restaurant, kiosk, cafe, aquatic club and terraces. Our concept aimed to encourage people to use the spaces intuitively — on top, within and around — forming a holistic destination and recreational hub.

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