I’ve been working on design projects in some pretty fabulous locations in the last couple of years but Lady Elliot Island has to be one of the most spectacular.
A 344,400 square kilometre eco resort, the island extends south from the northern tip of Queensland to just north of Bundaberg. The island is situated in the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem that includes 3,000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and about 150 inshore mangrove islands, and is home to a turtle colony that university students from around the world visit to study. The island is also famous for its Pandanas Palm plantation, a tree that is notoriously difficult to cultivate on mainland Australia.
The remote location brings with it harsh weather conditions and structures rust and deteriorate quickly so my brief was to create a look and design for them to work to over the coming years to upgrade their rooms and facilities. My approach was based around the principals of long term sustainability using materials, colours, structures and furniture that will last for years and withstand the challenging environmental conditions.
The team at Lady Elliot Island is dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment of the Great Barrier Reef and aims to be 100 per cent sustainable by 2020 by working in harmony with nature. Their goal is to work in harmony with nature for the benefit of future generations. The team has reduced the island’s energy consumption and carbon emissions by generating its own solar power, desalinating seawater for drinking purposes, maintaining a waste water treatment plant, and recycling the majority of its rubbish, and in the process the they have gained a wealth of knowledge in these technologies and set new benchmarks for sustainable tourism on the Great Barrier Reef.