Gnarabup Village

Category: Residential + Hospitality

Location: Gnarabup

Status: Development Approval


Project Team:

Michael Patroni

Tobias Busch

Dimmity Walker

Sam Mofflin




Berga & Gonzales

Project Description:

Gnarabup Village is a collection of 29 apartments and 51 villas, nestled into the undulating coastal headlands overlooking Grunters Beach. The design of the village, with its clustered building forms, and limited material palette is an interpretive responses to the topographical and climatic features of the site.

The villas follow the contours of the site and become a sensitive addition to the view shed of the existing Gnarabup settlement to the east, presenting as gently undulating clusters of buildings with flat landscape covered roofs. It comprises a variety of typologies to add to the diversity of housing options in the locality, providing both permanent and short stay accomodation options. Tightly packed courtyard villas with internalised private open space, protected from the elements and contrasting with the generously landscaped open space, line public access ways and communal open spaces. A Village centre, with a quasi-urban quality of 3 level apartments, incorporates a café, general store, public piazza and play area, adding a community focus for new residences and the existing settlement. Communal nature strips connect the piazza and residential lots with existing paths to the beach and the settlement beyond. Vehicle access roads are placed apart from communal spaces and provide an asset protection zone between the residences and the potential bush fire loading from the surrounding dense vegetation.

The proposed material palette of locally sourced limestone aggregate used in rammed earth walls is a direct reference to the geology of the site which varies from undulating coastal sand to outcrops of the underlying limestone. The singularity of material and simple building forms result in a rare cohesive and identifiable townscape with a strong identity and sense of place. It also gives the buildings a resilience and ruggedness suitable to the local climate, thermal comfort throughout the cool winters and hot summers with low operational energy requirement and a low embodied carbon footprint.