Pod development at Freycinet Lodge

An artist's impression of the new Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge

Natural by Design | Freycinet Lodge Redevelopment

Work has commenced to transform Freycinet Lodge on Tasmania’s East Coast, with an environmentally sensitive and architecturally innovative accommodation offering.

The rejuvenation of the much-loved nature tourism destination is designed to propel the stunning location into the 21st century with a series of contemporary upgrades that are carefully sensitive to environmental sustainability, Aboriginal history and the protection of native flora and fauna.

A Grounded and Natural Offering

Designed by a large consultant team led by well-known Tasmanian tourism developer Brett Torossi and including Liminal Architecture and builders Cordwell Lane, the development will include the installation of a lift and accessible suite in the main Lodge building, along with six new rooms and nine new accommodation pavilions on the existing site.

Nine Coastal Pavilions have replaced six existing cabins and have been designed to nestle into the site. Guests are treated to an experience that is elegant in its offering, but also grounded and natural. The use of curved glass and natural timbers and finishes enhance the experience. The main construction of each pavilion was done off-site, with the components transported into the national park and each one custom-fitted to the landscape.

Six Hazards View rooms will be hidden behind the tiered landscape, taking the magnificent views of The Hazards mountains. There will be four single-bedroom suites and two double-bedroom family suites. Each suite will feature its own private deck along with a large, vertical volume of glass at one end, designed to best capture the iconic Hazards views.

Perhaps the most luxurious room happens to be the universally accessible suite – the only room on the site that will enjoy both Hazards and water views. It’s a move that has the potential to completely change the perceptions of what accessibility suites can offer.

Coastal Pavilions opened 15 March and other new accommodation will open in later winter. Lodge works will continue until late winter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all of the Coastal Pavilions going to have water views?

Some Coastal Pavilions have water views and some have forest views.

Will the Coastal Pavilions be suitable for families?

The Coastal Pavilions are designed as a double room, meaning they are best suited for couples. Our existing cabins and upcoming Hazards View rooms (winter 2018) will better cater to families.

If I have an existing Freycinet Lodge booking will it be affected by the build?

Our intention is that all existing Freycinet Lodge bookings remain, however some adjustments may be required as the project progresses. The effect of the works on our guest experience are limited. The Coastal Pavilions are built off-site and transported to Freycinet Lodge by road. No heavy machinery will be used on-site. We recognise the values of the national park and accordingly, the build process will be undertaken as sensitively as possible. 

What sort of upgrade will be done to the main Lodge building?

Nine Coastal Pavilions and a soft refurbishment of the Lodge were completed in the first phase of the upgrade. The second phase will include the placement of six Hazards View rooms, an accessible suite within the main Lodge and a guest lift. 

What’s the best way to follow the progress of the build?

Works on the Lodge will take part in two parts. The main works including the relocating of the shop, new accessibility room, lift etc. will commence immediately after Easter on 3 April 2018. There is also update work such as painting, floor coverings and fire detection upgrades to take place. This will be undertaken so that they are completed prior to the middle of December. This work will have a minor impact on our guests' experience in the main Lodge. 

How long is the construction phase going to last?

There will be some form of work going on for approximately 12 months. 

How are you getting the Coastal Pavilions into the site?

We are constructing the wall units for the Coastal Pavilions off-site and bringing them to the east coast by road. The wall unit components are being keep small as we will be carrying the wall units in to Freycinet Lodge’s property on trolleys. This is being done this way to minimise impact on the site. This method will also minimise noise on-site.

What materials are used in the construction?

The Coastal Pavilions are being constructed from timber. We are utilising Tasmanian timbers where it makes sense to do so, especially when we would like to showcase them in places such as in the bathrooms. The external cladding will be charred timbers so the Coastal Pavilions sit visually comfortably within the surrounding bushland.

What steps have you taken to ensure no damage to the environment?

We have spent a lot of time and energy understanding the site in terms of its ecology. We are taking a very careful approach to both the demolition and construction to minimise impacts. For example, we hare hand-digging the footings for the new Coastal Pavilions to minimise disturbance to the site.

What will be happening to the material from the demolished cabins?

We are salvaging appropriate materials from the cabins, notably items that can be used in ongoing maintenance at Freycinet Lodge. 

Why are you demolishing the existing cabins instead of relocating them?

Consideration was given to relocating the cabins within the site. We obtained advice from our structural engineering team, as well as the in-house facilities manager. Due to the materials and construction of the cabins, as well as the masonry firewall between the two joined cabins, we were advised they could not be successfully moved. We were also concerned about bringing in the heavy machinery that would be necessary to complete such a move, which would further damage the vegetation on the site.

The decision was then made to demolish and recycle as much of the material as possible, especially for reuse on our site and provide a new build on the tennis courts. Items such as taps, shower screens, heat pumps, vanities, basins, towel rails, door knobs etc have been removed, marked and stored on-site for future reuse.

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