Yulara Resort (1983)

“As Janne says, “It gave us the chance of working in a virgin setting where nature dictates the form and style of both architecture and interior design. It opened up a palette of unique colours whose depth, wonderfully unlikely contrasts and combinations can only be guessed at by urban Australians: the red of the sand, the soft grey-green of the spinifex, the corn hues of the desert grasses shading to grey and the softest mauve.

We see the village both as a work of art, and as a place for people which must appeared as a logical extension of its surroundings. It must also work as a series of pleasant interconnected spaces in which visitors, having arrived by plane or bus, can relax and feel at home. Public spaces like foyers, bars, restaurants and shops have their own identities as well as a sense of excitement. Bedrooms should be easy and failiar places in which the tourist can relax while absorbing the novel and unexpected scale of the desert, its colour and vastness.

What we’ve done with the interior is to soften the exterior palette to create a cooler environment while still retaining a quality of light in contrast to the excessive heat and glare outside. It was a difficult line to tread using warm tones to create that feeling of coolness, but we think it has worked. This is partly because of its subtlety. From the terracotta we have gone to an apricot or soft terracotta flooring. The carpet is strong terracotta with a dark green stripe which is picked up again in the paltte of the paintings. The paintings, which also mirror the palette, weren’t commissioned for the building but we went to an enormous amount of trouble with the architect to select the very highest quality works of Australian art.”

Nexus have used numerous finishes, varying from smooth painted wall surface to coarsely textured carpets, to mirror the enormous variety of the terrain. The fabric and furniture selections echo the fine, granular appearance of the sands, the roughly hewn surfaces of the rock and the delicate nuances of the flora.”

(Excerpt from “Yulara: Bringing the Outside Inside”, Design World Number 4 1984)

Architects: Philip Cox and Partners
Graphic Designer: Max Robinson
Photography: Earl Carter

Further reading:

Design World No. 4 1984 (PDF)
Australian Design Review: An Interview with Janne Faulkner

Cox Architecture: Yulara Resort


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