FLYING HORSE, WARRNAMBOOL
Situated in a Victorian country town, this complex included hotel, service station and a fast food restaurant. It s location on a prominent intersection in the new approach to the town inspired more than just a development in terms of its aesthetics and image.
Located in Warrnambool, the shipwreck coast with its layers of eroded coastline inspired a façade of complexity and texture – whilst still meeting the clients budgetry constraints. The entire second storey function room has its windows sheathed in ‘scales’ of perforated metal tilting as if to the wind (which Warrnambool is famous for!). As an island site, the buildings would all be viewed from every angle, so the massing and balance of forms, colours and textures of all elevations was carefully considered and composed.
Internally the bar was positioned and shaped to address 4 different public areas – the restaurant, lounge, sports bar and brewery bar and the actual brewing area was exposed to generate public and tourism interest. Both durable and soft surfaces are blended as a natural palette with strong use of recycled timbers in a variety of posts and claddings generating warmth and tactility.