- Article by Elisa Scarton
Sustainability, durability and understated luxury are at the heart of Kristine Yeats’ design for the Hayman Island Beach House, which was rebuilt following Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
Located on Queensland’s Hayman Island, the project is part of the InterContinental resort and can be booked as three individual suites or one 3-bedroom home.
“Reflective of the beautiful island, the design brief was to exude understated luxury and relaxed sophistication, with simplicity in mind,” says Yeats.
“Due to the direct exposure and vicinity to the beach, the design vision embraced the existing ground topography and wrapped around the perimeter to create a sense of privacy.”
Uninterrupted views of the Great Barrier Reef greet visitors as they enter the home, continuing through the living, dining and infinity pool.
The master bedroom enjoys direct access to the pool and faultless views from the bath, bed and living area, while the butler’s kitchen, powder room and other bathrooms to the suites have been hidden away at the rear of the residence for ultimate guest privacy.
But rejuvenation and relaxation weren’t Yeats’ only design considerations.
Hayman Island is renowned for its humid tropical conditions with the possibility of cyclonic activity, which meant the home also needed to be resistant to extreme weather events.
Materials for the external fabric and internal finishes were selected to withstand the conditions – a consideration also given to the furnishings featured throughout.
Yeats teamed up with Harbour 1976 to bring to life the Hayman Island Beach House vision, particularly in the relaxation zone, where retreat day beds line the waterfront.
Most of the interiors and exteriors include Harbour collections, with the outdoor furniture also used indoors for its sustainable features and durability to withstand the coastal climate.
“Harbour 1976 furniture is recognised for using sustainable plantation teak to highlight nature and provide a fluid organic feel,” she says.
The project includes, ironically, the Hayman collection, which was named after the island itself, and its hero product is the Avalon Day Bed.
Constructed with a solid teak frame blended with woven Olephin rope, this sturdy day bed with tapered legs features Sunbrella fabric, which is a solution-dyed, acrylic fiber that’s UV, water and mould resistant.
In this video feature, Yeats chats to Harbour’s showroom and specification manager Patryc Lampasi about the project, as well as her predictions for upcoming trends ahead of summer 2021/2022.
Harbour 1976 is known for specifying high-end hospitality projects in Australia and around the world. Along with its ongoing collections, Harbour is a global leader in hand-crafting unique designs to suit specific project needs.
As an Australian, family-owned company, the team ensures all processes are stringent – from the design, manufacture to the delivery, no matter where the project is.
With over 40 years’ experience, Harbour has built a reputation among the architecture and design community for delivering high quality products that stand the test of time over the course of application.
Harbour has had a long-standing relationship with Kristine Yeats from KY Design, who has 30 years’ experience as an architect and designer across hospitality, commercial, medical and residential projects.