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Location : Cabarita, New South Wales, Australia

Year: 2014



Architects: Virginia Kerridge Architect

Interiors by Anna Spiro

Photographs: Michael Nicholson and Kara Brown

Halcyon House is a boutique hotel in Cabarita on the north coast of NSW. Cabarita is known for its beautiful beaches and known by surfers for some of the best surf breaks in the area.
The design of the hotel pays homage to the original building that was on the site and makes reference to this era. The hotel looks out over a large green courtyard space and pool across to the ocean. The lower levels engage with the green coastal strip that extends along the edge of the coast. The upper levels enjoy the coastal view. Rooms are generous and each has its own outside private space. Materials chosen reflect the casual beachside feel of the area and reflect the spirit of Cabarita. The hotel is unique in that is has a manager direct from Capri (ex JK Capri hotel in Capri) Mauro de Riso and many of the staff are Italian. Food is by Ben Devlin at “Paper Daisy” the popular in house restaurant.

In 2015 Mr & Mrs Smith voted the Halcyon House the second best boutique hotel in the world.

Virginia Kerridge Architect

Virginia Kerridge Architect

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Virginia Kerridge established her studio in 1995. The practice soon became known for an exquisite catalogue of contemporary housing that crafted thoughtful relationships between interiors and landscapes. Kerridge’s deep interest in art practice has led to an almost painterly approach to material, texture, colour and light. These elements infuse the studio’s projects in both new and existing buildings and across diverse housing and commercial projects.

The Taylor Square Warehouse received an RAIA Merit award and the 1995 President’s Award for Recycled Buildings very early in her career. Since then, Kerridge has received numerous awards from the Australian Institute of Architects and the Master Builder’s Associations. House in Country NSW was named as Australia’s House of the Year in the 2011 Houses Awards. The studio’s work has been widely published locally and internationally.

The practice has not only established itself as one of the significant design practices of contemporary housing in Sydney, for both private and commercial development, but has also enjoyed acclaimed success in retail and hotel architecture.


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