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Our First Major South Australian Project: Ponderosa

18 Oct 2021

We are delighted to share this luxury tourist accommodation project in the Hindmarsh Valley, South Australia – Ponderosa.

Cumulus opened our office in Adelaide in late 2020, led by Architect | Associate Jet O’Rourke. We have been working collaboratively on a number of tourism projects in the local area since then and we are proud of the outcome of this pod accommodation. For Pondersoa we shared the desire with our client to create a luxury accommodation offering where guests will be able to enjoy a unique experience immersed in the natural surrounds. Each pod is designed for its specific sight, and enjoys the landscape in a different way.

The five individual prefabricated pods are:

High point is a sculpted shed perched on the northern point of the property, where guests will have the opportunity to interact with wandering sheep.

In the round is a concrete pipe of dreams, hollowed out for rest and relaxation includes outdoor serene bathing experience.

Split level cascades into the valley, its larger footprint allows for a daring escape for up to four guests.

Eucalyptus tunnel takes inspiration from the local vegetation of Hindmarsh Valley, its angular form will make occupants feel contained in a jewellery box of stars.

Hindmarsh Falls comprises two capsules precariously joined by a pavilion primed for outdoor adventure.

In addition to the pods, we have designed contemporary additions to an existing stone walled cottage each accommodation offering harnesses the picturesque views toward the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

The Cottage Caters to larger groups and has been adapted to mimic the gabled roof forms of the original structure in a contemporary manner. The dwelling comprises five bedrooms in addition to an all-weather outdoor room including kitchen and fireplace perfect for entertaining. A distinct lap pool sits parallel to the cottage and provides an infinity edge view towards the rugged headland of the Bluff.

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