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Curved glass lodges nestle into the bush on Tasmania's coastline

Curved glass lodges nestle int...
The Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions opened their doors in March
The Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions opened their doors in March
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Prices for the Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions for two people start at AU$549 (US$407) per night
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Prices for the Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions for two people start at AU$549 (US$407) per night
Inside the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions
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Inside the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions
Prices for the Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions for two people start at AU$549 (US$407) per night
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Prices for the Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions for two people start at AU$549 (US$407) per night
Inside the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions
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Inside the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions
Prices for the Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions for two people start at AU$549 (US$407) per night
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Prices for the Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions for two people start at AU$549 (US$407) per night
Prices for the Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions for two people start at AU$549 (US$407) per night
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Prices for the Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions for two people start at AU$549 (US$407) per night
Constructed in the 1960s, Freycinet Lodge was originally a cluster of 60 cabins set into the hills overlooking Great Oyster Bay in Freycinet National Park
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Constructed in the 1960s, Freycinet Lodge was originally a cluster of 60 cabins set into the hills overlooking Great Oyster Bay in Freycinet National Park
Inside the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions
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Inside the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions
The exterior of the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions is clad in charred red ironbark
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The exterior of the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions is clad in charred red ironbark
Constructed in the 1960s, Freycinet Lodge was originally a cluster of 60 cabins set into the hills overlooking Great Oyster Bay in Freycinet National Park
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Constructed in the 1960s, Freycinet Lodge was originally a cluster of 60 cabins set into the hills overlooking Great Oyster Bay in Freycinet National Park
Netted hammocks have been used around the edges of the decking of the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions
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Netted hammocks have been used around the edges of the decking of the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions
The Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions opened their doors in March
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The Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions opened their doors in March
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Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula is home to some spectacular scenery, and those looking to take in the sights of this coastal pocket of southern Australia can now do so from a luxurious set of pavilions built to blend in with the landscape.

Constructed in the 1960s, Freycinet Lodge was originally a cluster of 60 cabins set into the hills overlooking Great Oyster Bay in Freycinet National Park. A recent renewal project saw local architecture firm Liminal Studio brought in to design nine new pavilions that complement the site.

The firm's response was a set of undulating guesthouses that both blend into the hilly landscape and open it right up to those inside. Curvy, double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows offer views across the bay from inside the pavilions, which feature a bedroom with king-sized bed, living space and bathroom with a walk-in shower.

Inside the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions
Inside the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions

Those windows also open up onto a decking made from locally sourced grey gum, complete with a private outdoor bath. Instead of a boring old balustrade, netted hammocks have been used around the edges of the decking to both leave the magnificent views uninterrupted and create a nice place to hang out.

The exterior of the pavilions is clad in charred red ironbark, with the charring serving a practical use in preserving the timber. But it is also meant to have a historical meaning as an acknowledgement of the role that fire plays in shaping the Australian bush.

Netted hammocks have been used around the edges of the decking of the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions
Netted hammocks have been used around the edges of the decking of the Freycinet Lodge coastal pavilions

The materials inside are also intended to honor the coastal landscape, with the oranges, greys and blacks a reference to the granite rocks of the area. The absence of right angles is in keeping with the smooth and curvy theme, while the interior walls crafted from offcuts of Tasmanian oak of random length and thickness add a jagged edge to the picture.

The Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions opened their doors in March, with prices for two people starting at AU$549 (US$407) per night.

Source: Liminal Studio

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1 comment
Martin Hone
Beautiful location, and I like the use of native timbers. With all that glass I hope they have air-con, even if it is Tassie. Still, it reads like a promo for the developers rather than showing any tech innovation.....