WELLINGTON

MARINA

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Wellington

Marina

A collection of six riverside retreats offers a new tourism experience to South Australia’s Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region.

Situated an hour east of Adelaide, overlooking a pristine wetland along Australia’s longest river, Wellington Marina’s group of luxury pods are a delicate response to the region’s rich natural environment. As part of the marina’s broader tourism redevelopment strategy, the prefabricated structures combine simple and robust designs with natural palettes, connecting the pitched roof forms and timber exteriors to the native surroundings, creating a sense of quiet seclusion for visitors.

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A sustainable approach

Considering the intent and setting, our designs carefully navigate the area’s scenic values and highlight the ecological importance of the neighbouring wetland and river to the region. Much like our Ponderosa project on the nearby Fleurieu Peninsula, Wellington Marina’s prefabricated retreats are locally made in Adelaide and feature integrated solar panels and rainwater harvesting.

 

This project evolved from an initial feasibility study and was developed through close collaboration with our clients, the Coorong Council, and native vegetation specialists.

A calm flow

The collection comprises three smaller ‘eco-pods’, which can accommodate up to two people, and three ‘luxury pods’, designed for families and larger groups that visit the area for recreation and relaxation.

The simple layout of each retreat makes the most of the design’s small footprint, which, along with the natural exteriors and ecological aesthetic, helps settle the strong angular forms into the landscape. The interiors are framed by floor to ceiling windows along one side — creating light-filled, private spaces that invite observation and reflection.

Location

Wellington East,

South Australia

Year

In progress

Images

Cumulus

Land of

Ngarrindjeri

Six distinct designs, six distinct experiences

Nestled in the ebbing hills of South Australia’s picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula,

Ponderosa is a collection of five luxury tourism pods and an adapted stone-walled cottage designed to offer guests a distinctly immersive natural experience.

 

Embracing the property’s contrasting characteristics — its natural attributes, geology, and aspects over the nearby Southern Ocean — we approached each pod as five individual designs reflecting five individual settings. Each space features finely crafted open interiors and outdoor areas that give a sense of continuation of the surrounding landscape while still offering a sense of warmth and enclosure.

Location

Wellington, South Australia

Year

In progress

Images

Cumulus

Land of

Ngarrindjeri

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A calm flow

The collection comprises three smaller ‘eco-pods’, which can accommodate up to two people, and three ‘luxury pods’, designed for families and larger groups that visit the area for recreation and relaxation.

 

The simple layout of each retreat makes the most of the design’s small footprint, which, along with the natural exteriors and ecological aesthetic, helps settle the strong angular forms into the landscape. The interiors are framed by floor to ceiling windows along one side — creating light-filled, private spaces that invite observation and reflection.

A sustainable approach

This project evolved from an initial feasibility study and developed through close collaboration with our clients, the Coorong Council, and native vegetation specialists. Considering the intent and setting, our designs carefully navigate the area’s scenic values and highlight the ecological importance of the neighbouring wetland and river to the region.

 

Reflecting the sustainable aspects of our Ponderosa project on the nearby Fleurieu Peninsula, Wellington Marina’s pods are locally made in Adelaide and feature additions like integrated solar panels.