The proposed concept, one of four entries to an invited competition, was generated through an understanding of the former Stokehouse and its contribution to St Kilda’s unique character. The original building was destroyed by a fire in 2014, following a 25 year history.
Acknowledging the past while recognising the importance of new beginnings, the building is imagined as an amplified silhouette of gables that form a unique topography, recalling the original building.
The western edge of the building fronts the Promenade, its envelope de-forming to embrace the existing palm trees and respect the significant pre-existing landscape condition.
The ground plane is slightly elevated to improve the integration of the building and the Promenade. New seating is introduced into the Stokehouse forecourt, removing any implied barrier between the public and private realms.