Harbord Diggers Club
The Harbord Diggers Club is part of a new intergenerational mixed-use precinct that includes 96 seniors ILU’s, learn to swim facility and Harbord Diggers Club that sets a benchmark for community projects. Located on Sydney’s iconic Freshwater headland, the architecture and interior design responds to its coastal location by integrating with the natural surroundings.
Interior Design Excellence Awards, Finalist - Residential Multi, 2020
Sydney Design Awards, Gold Awards for Interior Design - Hospitality, Casual, 2019
Australian Interior Design Awards, FInalist - Hospitality Design, 2019
Interior Design Excellence Awards, Finalist - Hospitality Design, 2019
The Urban Developer Awards, Development of the Year - Mixed Use, 2018
The club provides a diverse facility comprised of an ocean terrace with restaurants and bars, a bistro and café, as well as community spaces. The project’s design also acts as a connector beyond the club’s urban scale with through-site links and activated edges.
Public outdoor areas are defined by extending the low bushland character of the Curl cliff face and the headland. The carefully selected material palette is built upon the local context to withstand the micro-climate. The interior of the club draws the experience indoors through the use of these materials and their organic forms. Village-style planning features an activated internal street with through-site link and an activated exterior promenade.
At the heart, a connected Ocean Square is populated with the central bar. A cave concept was adopted due to the subterranean nature of the space and responds to the site’s location with ocean views.
The club and community functions are designed in a transparent manner encouraging interaction between all community groups and generations. The club is orientated along a central street which broadens to a promenade facing out to the view, maximising the unique setting while also being designed to maximise flexibility and efficiency. To accommodate a variety of events, the space can adapt to changes in activity, while maintaining a dynamic atmosphere and reducing its operational footprint.
Throughout the design and delivery of the project, Mounties Group was delighted with the approach taken to intergenerational living that resulted in a cohesive atmosphere on an iconic site.