Thredbo Valley Chalet

Tornado is a chalet and studio built within the Lake Crackenback Resort in the Thredbo Valley. This home was built in 2009 using materials responsive to the varying climate of the area.

The client's brief was for a holiday destination that was functional, however provided a warm, comfortable, easy living environment. The dwelling needed to be a low maintenance, arrive and enjoy home.

The exterior is a combination of vertical cladding and corrugated iron, with the addition of stone to provide a link to the surrounding harsh climate. Hardwood decking provides areas to relax externally. Crushed granite, along with local boulders and native plants are used extensively in the landscaping. The addition of hard wood screens adds privacy between the chalet and studio and provides a smart contrast to the other products

Climate control is provided by good thermal mass, solar orientation, high R rating insulation throughout and AVS double glaze windows.

The kitchen in the chalet looks over an occupied wombat hole through the cleverly placed window splash back. Choice of bench tops throughout the project was stone, chosen for its durability. For furniture and finishing materials Tasmanian oak was used, combined with colours inspired by the surrounding landscape.

The clients were delighted with the finished home and utilise its easy living layout and flexibility to regularly accommodate various group sizes.