“Tai Ropiha, Partner at CHROFI explains, “the design conceals much of the program within the contour of the land with the retirement village organised around a courtyard above the hospitality precinct and club below.
The headland landscape extends across the courtyard to amplify the scenic quality of the precinct while a pair of sandstone buildings rise above as sculptural counterpoints with flowing forms to frame coastal views from the apartments.
A civic scaled veranda merged into the contour of the headland with juxtaposed vertical stone counterpoints above combine to create a powerful composition, this is the New Harbord Diggers.”
“The outcome is a diverse set of facilities nestled gently into one of Sydney’s most iconic coastal headlands, cleverly arranged to celebrate and highlight, yet respect the natural environment and surrounding residents”, said Jennifer Husman, Senior Associate at Architectus.
Doors were opened on Stage 1 of the $200million redevelopment of the iconic club in July 2018, with the second stage due to be completed mid-2019, which will include a function centre, aquatic and fitness centre and one additional retirement living building.
The club interiors were designed by Fender Katsalidis in association with Paul Kelly Design.