0314 Huski Hotel
Apartment building, produce store & dayspa, Falls Creek Victoria, 2005
RAIA Regional Architecture Prize winner 2006
The design for Huski Lodge at Falls Creek in the Victorian highlands originated from the study of snowflake geometry. The pure yet complex patterns combined with the influence of Australian timber alpine huts and the alpine resorts of Europe and the United States provided the basis for the resulting architectural form. Radial in nature, the building is sensitive to the delicate surrounding environment while utilising the steep sloping site to maximise views of the Kiewa valley allowing it to penetrate every apartment. The concave and convex window penetrations of the north façade emphasise the dynamic quality of the building both in plan and elevation, manipulating ones perspective as the lodge is observed from east to west. In contrast, the subtlety of the worn timber materials is calming and suggests an affinity with local building typologies. Comprised of boutique accommodation, day and wellness spa and a gourmet produce store with café, Huski Lodge is accessible throughout the summer and winter months and provides an alternate recreational holiday to the standard alpine resort.
Photography Peter Bennetts