SJB has revealed designs for a $200-million redevelopment of the Port Douglas marina in Queensland.

Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina will incorporate a five-star hotel, along with villas, apartments, restaurants, a retail precinct, and a series of pedestrian gardens. According to the architects, the design language is inspired by the nearby reef’s structure and ecology.

“The designs for ‘Superyacht Marina’ are inspired by the reef’s ecosystem” says Tristan Wong, director at SJB.

“The ecological language permeates the architecture throughout the residential, retail, hospitality and amenity buildings and the dynamic, layered terracing creates an internationally recognisable architectural landmark.”

Utilising a ‘responsible luxury’ philosophy, SJB have addressed sustainability in a number of ways – in terms of both building longevity and environmental response.    

“This philosophy affects everything from the performance of the building, to energy efficiency, the sourcing of materials, and even the dining experience within the signature restaurant,” says Wong.   

The site has been re-imagined as a car-free ground plane, with all existing parking placed underground. This allows a completely pedestrianised and walkable environment with extensive gardens, boardwalks and tree-lined paths in and around the marina, hotel and villas.