Buladelah Retreat - Elevations
Buladelah Retreat - Inside


Location of Project – BULAHDELAH

Year Project Commenced – 2006

MHDP experiemented with the Client on new technologies, such as one of the earliest NSW residences to use a composite panel roofing, in order to save material and time costs.

A family country house doubling as a corporate retreat inspired by the Client’s vision of camping in a paddock.  A large landscape wall protects the building while providing a sense of scale and arrival within the landscape.  Bedrooms nestle behind the wall and are separated by a sub-tropical courtyard to the main pavilion which is treated as a large verandah.


I have worked with Mark and his team on three very distinct and different projects.

The first was a family home on a special coastal site that needed to respond to our emotional connection to place as well as satisfying our functional requirements on a difficult site.  The design we created with Mark more than met our expectation.

Our rural retreat at Bulahdelah had to provide space for extended families, work as a conference facility and still feel like a private, personal space.  This was our second time creating and building a facility like this, so we knew what we did and didn’t want, it had to be different from anything we had seen or stayed at.  It has outperformed my expectations which were very high to begin with.  The building allows people space and time and positively impacts everyone who visits.

For our new manufacturing facility we went to a budget “pop out” industrial shed builder.  Mark was able to work with their building system to achieve the best looking factory I know of.  This was achieved by lots of little things – colour and proportion that transformed a pop out building into something special.  We wanted a great work environment for our factory and office workers as well as creating a great impression on our customers.  The building has been successful on all counts.

Debate with architects often ends with toys being thrown out of the cot – while Mark defends his ideas it is not to the death.  He allows and encourages you to be involved in the process of design and retain ownership of the project.  The result is an enjoyable, engaging process and outcome that you look back on as valuable in every sense of the word.


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