Completed in 2009, the award-winning ski resort designed by Elenberg Fraser invokes the core design philosophies of the firm with hubs in Melbourne, Sydney, and Ho Chi Minh City—“architecture that makes people think” and sensory outcomes in architecture “that people can feel, not just see.”

Timber FacadeQuay West in 2009. Photo by Peter Clarke 

 

The wing-like form of Quay West Resort & Spa, which is influenced by the Tawonga Dreamtime mythology of the Bogong moth, is a dramatic demonstration of tectonics, wherein architecture is elevated from mere construction to an art form. The facade, for example, is a jaw-dropping union of timber and glass that rises from a base of Glenrowan granite.

Architectural FacadeQuay West, a more paronamic view

 

While not involved with the $35-million project, we at Woodform Architectural, as fellow purveyors of timber-lining expertise, are inspired by the enduring eye-appeal of Quay West Resort & Spa. It deservedly won the 2009 Australian Timber Design Awards in the “National Resorts” category.

Timber FacadeQuay West in 2015

 

The architects chose Silvertop Ash—a eucalyptus tree sustainably found in the southern and central coasts and tablelands of New South Wales, eastern Victoria, and northeastern Tasmania—for their exterior timber. After years of exposure to the elements, the patina remains impressively fresh. Doubtless, the original finish was preserved by an annual application of wood protection oil, validating Woodform’s own contention that timber will weather naturally only if you want it to.

 

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