The accommodation, called Ponderosa, is a collection of five luxury tourism pods and an adapted stone-walled cottage set in South Australia’s picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula.
It is located south of Adelaide near the coastal towns of Victor Harbour and Port Elliot and designed by Cumulus architecture and design studio.
Cumulus approached the project as six individual designs, carefully considering the diverse characteristics, aspects, and attributes to provide a distinct experience for each location.
Cumulus Associate Architect and project lead, Jet O’Rourke says it’s a it is their first major tourism project in SA.
“I feel that we’ve achieved something fairly ambitious for Ponderosa alongside our client,” he said.
“Instead of creating a uniform set of cabins, we designed each one pod as a different getaway experience for guests, offering a different way of connecting with their surroundings — the views, the flora and fauna — which you can do both from outside and inside of the pods.”
Each pod, ideally suited for two people, is privately nestled among stone outcrops and grazing pastures with views of the Southern Ocean. The finely crafted interiors include a king size bed, kitchenette, and a luxurious bathroom promoting a sense of warmth and enclosure.
To link the distinct designs, Cumulus selected surface charred timbers for the predominant exterior cladding. External baths and covered outdoor areas also allow guests to calmly connect with the landscape.
The five forms are unique in each design. The angular Eucalyptus tunnel pod takes inspiration from the local vegetation of Hindmarsh Valley.
In the round has exposed concrete culverts that create a sense of continuation of the landscape from within the pod. Meanwhile, the larger Split level is a two-storey pod that can accommodate up to four guests.
Ponderosa’s additional five-bedroom Cottage has been adapted to mimic the gabled roof forms of the building’s original structure, offering an outdoor area perfect for gatherings all year round.
A distinct lap pool sits parallel to the cottage and provides an infinity edge view towards Encounter Bay’s rugged Bluff headland.
Ponderosa is the latest addition to the studio’s list of unique tourism projects — including the award-winning Devils Corner Lookout, the intimate Darkwood Residence (featured in Grand Designs Australia), and the iconic Pumphouse Point hotel in Tasmania’s Central Highlands.
The pods will be constructed locally at Adelaide’s Tonsley Innovation District with completion scheduled for mid 2022.
Established in 2011, Cumulus is an architecture and interior design studio that creates unique residential, tourism, commercial, and social housing spaces. With teams located around Australia, Cumulus opened its Adelaide office in late 2020.
Find out more about Cumulus Studio’s projects through their website.