Saffire Freycinet’s captivating architecture carries a message of aspiration and confidence, reflected in the organic form inspired by the shape of a stingray.
Saffire Freycinet’s architects seemed to be genuinely inspired by the raw, otherworldly Tasmanian landscapes surrounding the hotel. Sand dunes, water, rock, and stone are all subconsciously referenced in the design.
The hotel’s roof is its most striking feature. Made from a polymer membrane stretched out over curved rib-like beams of the local pine, the arching structure undulates into the breathtaking landscape, as if some ethereal shape drifted out of the sea, to gently settle in the Tasmanian rugged terrain.
Responsible for the dramatic vision of the Saffire Freycinet is the “enlightened, socially humane architecture” mantra of the maverick Morris Nunn and Associates architectural practice.
The interiors, entrusted to Sydney’s leading interior design firm CHADA, follow this humanist principle. The spaces of the hotel seem to reach out to the landscape, inviting the ocean views to become part of the experience.
A muted color palette (calming grey, taupe, green and blue with splashes of orange) and austere materials (mainly stone and timber) echo the enviable location and surroundings of the hotel.
Lighting in the rooms is unobtrusive and carefully designed to control mood and limit excessive light—important also outside when the low level of exterior illumination helps to minimize light pollution.
Design classics (e.g. Eames pieces) and custom-designed furniture made of wood, woven fabrics and leather complete the interiors.
Space and warmth
The creators of the hotel understood that the luxury experience comes as much from the beauty of design as it originates in the amount of space.
The hotel has 20 suites (ranging in size from 80m2 to 140m2) and the open-plan public spaces are huge. The manta-ray roof covers the vast lobby and Palate, the two-level restaurant, with tables positioned to make the most of the stunning vistas. The Lounge features a five-meter fireplace, there is also the three-room spa and library.
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