From its inception, Saffire Freycinet on
Saffire now features 20 accommodation suites, each with sweeping views of Great Oyster Bay and the
The site is located at
“With this in mind, we shaped the main building as the end point in a journey,” says Peter Walker, director at Circa architects. “In which views of the Hazards are shielded and revealed and finally presented as a destination which is a panoramic overview of the Hazards and their context.”
The guest arrives in the main reception building (the sanctuary) which is entered through a long “jetty” like walkway to a viewing platform that overlooks the bay.
From this upper level, they descend towards the view to the main lounge level. The lowest level of the reception building accommodates the spa, gym, boardroom and gallery. It also provides a link to the guest suites.
Twenty guest suites are located along a serpentine walkway, each carefully sited to capture views of the hazards and provide a privacy for the guests.
There are three suite types with the premium located to the west of the site and furthest from the reception. Each suite has a deck located towards the view and a private courtyard located towards the north which is entered off the walkway.
There is only one major restaurant in the main building on the same level as the lounge bar. Apart from the huge expanse of glass along the length of the restaurant, there is the wall that connects it to the reception lobby.
This wall became an important backdrop to the restaurant that Ashworth felt should not compete with the view; therefore, it was covered in a black timber veneer so it would disappear.
“We were careful to select materials that blended and harmonized with the architecture,” says Juliet Ashworth, partner and creative Director with Chhada Siembieda
“The natural flowing lines of the building are also reflected in the space planning which allows the guest to freely and informally relax in the spaces as they might in a coastal home.”
In the guestrooms the same principals applied so that, wherever in the room the guest was, they were experiencing the outside world. Inside, the color palette is drawn from what the guest see all around them; soft grey, taupe, green, blue with punches of varying shades of orange which pick up on the startling colors of lichen, granite rocks and driftwood on the beach.
The guestroom rugs designs incorporate graphic representations of local fauna and the lampshades and cushions are wrapped in ‘panama’ fabric like the classic straw hat.
“One of the design aims was to create a modern architectural expression that references the
“These typically are an eclectic collection of buildings that not only take form over time but also weather and patina naturally. The material selection reinforces this association.”