Tathra Hotel is situated on Tathra headland on the beautiful south coast of NSW. This heritage-listed hotel consists of the original building of 1880 along with an amalgamation of various additions made in the 1960s and 2003 (after a fire in 1984).
The original hotel has a great deal of historical and local significance, being the central establishment in the coastal town and having a long-standing relationship to the historically prominent Tathra Wharf.
The design solution highlights the significance of the original hotel whilst juxtaposing the new additions in a sympathetic way. This is achieved with the use of natural and raw materials such as recycled timber, stone, exposed steel structures and glass. The design also considers the surrounding coastal landscape, historic wharf and street presence sitting consciously in its surroundings.
The new owner’s concept focuses on community and family interaction along with accommodation, local produce and entertainment. The elimination of all forms of gambling reinforces this concept and allows the traditional role of the country hotel to be brought back. The creation of a destination for visitors with boutique accommodation, good food and a microbrewery is a positive change. The client, architects and builder all have a strong environmental philosophy which allows a really positive and enjoyable project outcome.
Environmental initiatives that are being implemented include reuse of building materials, use of local materials and labour, an energy efficient hot water system, performance glazing, solar panels, low energy lighting, 20,000L of rainwater tanks for water reuse (in areas such as the micro-brewery), worm farms for wastage and recycling policies.