Saffire Resort by Circa Architecture/ Circa Morris-Nunn Walker

The stunning Saffire Resort, on Tasmania’s naturally spectacular Coles Bay, was imagined from the beginning as an iconic project that would redefine tourism in Tasmania and provide a new luxury tourist destination for primarily interstate and international guests. Saffire is an intimate resort comprising of 20 private suites, a main reception building, dining and lounge areas, as well as a gym, a bar, a boardroom and a gallery. Guests arrive at the reception area – known as “the sanctuary” – by a long jetty-like walkway. A viewing platform overlooks the bay, emphasising the natural beauty of the area. The resort has dazzling views of beautiful Great Oyster Bay, Freycourt Peninsula and the Hazard Mountains. The Hazard Mountains are unique geologically, with their pink granite giving them an orange/rosy hue. In the midst of such picturesque surrounds the architects aimed to capture the uniquely Tasmanian environment in the form, materials, colours and scale of the resort. The building has an organic relationship to the site, and evokes the coastal landscape, the ocean and its creatures in its architecture.