Positioned within a natural saddle adjacent to Bass Strait, RACV Cape Schanck Resort rests amongst Mornington Peninsula’s rugged landscape, offering a robust architectural outcome that celebrates the rolling dunes and untamed nature of its site. Wood Marsh has drawn from both the topography and the corrosive nature of the coastline to inform the sculptural geometry and material selection.
▼项目俯瞰，top view of the project © Peter Bennetts
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view of the project © Peter Bennetts
The brief called for an architectural landmark that was to entice guests and accommodate a diverse range of existing and new user groups whilst delivering significant social, economic and environmental benefits to the region. RACV offers a world-class 120 room hotel, gym, luxury day spa, restaurants, golf club and golf course. The design offers an elegant and functional response whilst catering to larger conferencing and events previously lacking from the region.
▼项目远景，distanced view of the project © Peter Bennetts
▼项目近景，closer view of the project © Peter Bennetts
From afar, the building presents as a monolith, a landform eroded from the coast over time. The cellular grid of the curvaceous weathering steel-clad upper levels, reminiscent of pockmarked sea cliffs is secondary to the building’s anchor, a robust hand-built locally sourced stone plinth, symbolic of the project’s focus on craftsmanship.
▼上层是弯曲的网状格栅，下层是坚固的石材基座 © Peter Bennetts
the upper layer is a curved cellular grid, and the lower layer is a robust stone plinth
▼弯曲的耐候钢网状格栅，the cellular grid of the curvaceous weathering steel-clad © Peter Bennetts
▼局部，details © Peter Bennetts
With an entire floor partially buried within the site, the scale of the structure is reduced, remaining sensitive to surrounding residences. The geometry itself plays with perspective, extending to form a three-lobed figure, with the full scale of the building never revealed.
▼具有透视感的几何形体，geometric shapes with perspective © Peter Bennetts
▼入口，entrance © Peter Bennetts
Internally, the layout creates a series of impressive public and private spaces oriented to key views. Recreation, golf and café facilities at ground open directly to the outdoor recreation area, whilst the 25-metre indoor pool, sauna, gymnasium and luxury day spa with treatment rooms and plunge baths caters to both guests and private members.
▼走廊，corridor © Peter Bennetts
▼豪华spa，luxury spa © Peter Bennetts
Directly above sits the entry-level, a structurally glazed podium that reflects the landscape, creating a visual break between the plinth’s solidity and the sweeping weathering steel arcs. This level is set back with a large protective overhang, surrounded by terraces with conference facilities, restaurant, lounges and generous accommodation above, all capitalizing on the panoramic views.
▼楼梯，staircase © Peter Bennetts
▼全景视野，panoramic views © Peter Bennetts
▼餐厅，restaurant © Peter Bennetts
▼客房，hotel room © Peter Bennetts
The public benefits of RACV Cape Schanck, particularly to the local community, are abundant. The development provides state-of-the-art facilities, with the project filling the current gap in the tourism offer in the region.
▼玻璃立面反射周围景观，the glass facade reflects the surrounding landscape © Peter Bennetts
▼总平面图，site plan © Wood Marsh
▼一层平面，plan 1F © Wood Marsh
▼二层平面，plan 2F © Wood Marsh
▼五层平面，plan 5F © Wood Marsh
▼立面图，elevations © Wood Marsh
Project: RACV Cape Schanck
Architect: Wood Marsh
Photography: Peter Bennetts