05Buildings & Places

The Island

ArchitectWallace Brice Architecture
Building typeCommercial
Year BuiltOriginally 1970, refurbished 2019
Photographer | Angus Martin
Award2020 Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Region Commendation
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The Island project is the site of the existing original Islander Hotel built in the 1970s.

The process included stripping back the years of additions and alterations, giving life to the old bones of the original hotel by retaining existing fabric and introducing new complementary structures to build on the collective memory of the place.

The new frontage creates an anchoring connection to the corner of Beach Road/ Surfers Paradise Boulevard, allowing places for interaction with the public and providing amenity to the street, both internally and externally. Repeating elements: white timber batten screens, breezeblock walls, louvres and awnings provide a common language and moderate the coastal climate. While dusty pink and green, white-washed materials and tumbled limestone reference the bleached-out colours of the coast.

The Island presented an exciting opportunity to re-establish the hotel as a unique destination with a renewed offering, strong identity and memorable character.

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