Ralph Bailey, one of the architects behind the visionary design of Kingfisher Bay Resort, led a tour of the property’s landscape design on Fraser Island – 28 August 2011 – he shares some thoughts with us.
In 1989 Guymer Bailey Architects were appointed the architects and landscape architects for Kingfisher Bay Resort to be built on Fraser Island on a site surrounded by National Park forming part of this World Heritage listed island.
We were very conscious of our responsibility to this very special place.
In designing the buildings, the integration of architecture and landscaping including the swimming pools was a key design consideration.
The preservation and exclusive use of local gene pool native flora for this resort began with a careful record of the native flora of the site and the island and the establishment of an onsite plant nursery.
Many experimental techniques for propagating, planting and transplanting the flora were utilised to create a natural setting for the buildings and pools including revegetation of disturbed areas and creating lakes and bird islands.
There are no turfed or lawn areas in the Kingfisher Bay Resort which is a surprise to those familiar with other Holiday Resorts.
During my illustrated talk at the resort earlier this month, we closely examined the landscaping design and native flora used in this resort and other projects. Hope to see you on Fraser Island for the next round of talks.