Cabarita Beach, NSW
Weeks to build
Bringing an extra touch of decadence to the northern coast of New South Wales, Hutchies delivered luxurious Halcyon Spa, a new boutique retreat attached to the lavish Halcyon House boutique hotel.
Delivered on a design and construct basis, the project encompasses double brick construction, suspended slab, and timber framing throughout, with high end finishes ranging from hand-crafted tiles, fabric walls, VJ timber panelling, provincial style joinery and marble tops. The design incorporates design elements from the hotel, including arched timber windows and doors. The spa has multiple treatment rooms including a couples treatment room, hydrotherapy and steam rooms and is DDA compliant.
The design includes a distinctive vaulted/domed ceiling within the steam room. Although this presented something of an execution challenge, we were able to remain faithful to the design intent without losing the integrity of waterproofing system. This was achieved by using structural framing of the ceiling and walls in an arch that kept a continual radius and that would not impede on the seating arrangements. The walls and ceiling were lined with FC and waterproofed to allow a fish scale type tile to be fixed. A concrete seat was also formed to allow an ergonomic seat arrangement. We ensured the interface between multiple finishes such as stone, curved tile ceilings, fabric walls, VJ panelling, and plasterboard achieved a seamless finish.
We were able to add value through redesign of mechanical ventilation systems, which allowed for the mechanical plant to be located in a position that was not visible to guests and neighbours were not disadvantaged. We were also able to rationalise building elements that affect the overall aesthetics and functionality such as landscape design, sunhoods, joining layouts / design and stormwater design.