The new Elements of Byron resort in Australia was inspired by sand dunes, native trees and the region's diverse wildlife. With almost two kilometers of beach frontage along Byron Bay, the resort offers a luxurious experience to its visitors, but maintains a sensible relationship with the local ecosystem. Brisbane-based architecture firm Shane Thompson Architects made sure that the resort has a minimal environmental footprint and can be easily maintained and irrigated.
The central facilities and 94 villas of the development mirror the surrounding landscape, with the leisure and conference facilities are nestled in three separate pavilions which mimic the sand dunes framing the resort. This organic quality of the architecture is marked by a curved shape of the complex, its colors, patterns, textures and finishes. Elements of rural and traditional architecture merge with modern design.
The resort is surrounded by an infinity lagoon pool which meanders alongside a communal fire pit and sun beds. The architects included over 65,000 new native trees and plants into the project and used conventional structures and finishes to respond to budget constraints.
Via Design Milk