Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
Restaurant/ Bar, Retail, Landscape, Community
17 000 m2 / 183 000 sf
NMBW Architecture Studio
GLAS Landscape Architecture
Danielle Peck, Henry Russell, Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean, Nigel Bertram, Jonathon Yeo, Marie Le Touze, Simon Robinson, Vera Möller, Mark Gillingham
The Point Grey project is our team's response to an invited competition for the construction of a new Anglers Club, Restaurant and Public Space at the significant headland site along the Great Ocean Road in Lorne. Our proposal comes from a collaboration of skills and expertise, brought together specially to suit this project. Our team was formed by two architecture practices, a landscape designer and an artist.
'Point Grey is a location where the passage of time has dramatically shaped the terrain, both above and below current sea levels. The site’s vast liquid space that stretches towards the horizon present an extraordinary opportunity for the visitor to take time and observe…it is indeed a place for contemplation.' Vera Möller
We encourage contemplation in our proposal by developing a high level, shaded picnic ground with various moments designed to orient the visitor to the vast ocean views.
We place importance on the embedded histories and stories and we acknowledge the collective memory of the site and seek to enhance and reveal it. History is preserved, respected and built upon in our scheme. We are not trying to change Point Grey but reveal the embedded traces and revitalise them for future generations.
The site has the privilege and responsibility of including registered cultural heritage, in the form of midden space on the edges of the upper lawn/ picnic area. In response to the existing cultural heritage we have included an outdoor classroom that sits respectfully adjacent to the midden site and encourages educational programming to occur within the project.
'Visiting and researching Point Grey, as an artist with training as a biologist, my focus was directed towards the sea, the vast space that it encompasses and the incredible array of species that exist in that realm. The creative work that I have undertaken has been to draw attention to the fabulous marine habitats in the vicinity of Point Grey.' Vera Möller
A generosity embodied our scheme's public spaces to encourage the community to utilise the varied spaces for day-to-day activities.
A delicate operation to preserve the embedded meaning of the existing structures was undertaken while providing significant upgrades to benefit the community.
Etched into the natural environment was evidence of the continuous movement of sea and residues of fluids and salt, shifting sands, and the force of wind and intense sun.
A place for community, ecology, reflection of local histories and storey telling. A place to experience the mystery and unknown of the ocean, the strength and fragility of the land…a place to be enjoyed, and cared for.