Esca Inman Valley | Das Studio

Esca Inman Valley | Das Studio | Photographer: Anthony Basheer

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Esca Inman Valley | Das Studio

Traditional Land Owners
Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri and Permangk people

South Australia

Small Project Architecture
Cook Building
Anthony Basheer
Project summary

Esca is a nature-based tourism operator offering environmentally sensitive, luxury experiences in regional settings, enabling landowners to unlock the potential of underutilised properties with a turn-key prefabricated, off-grid, accommodation solution.

This project, Esca’s third venture, features two 66m2 suites located atop Mt Alma in the picturesque Inman Valley.

Tasked with designing an experience, not simply a building, the design responds to a scripted 48-hour stay, focusing on creating memorable moments of joy that stay with guests long after departure.

Material choices speak to the surrounding landscape, and were chosen with tactility, robustness, and comfort in mind.

An open-plan layout with intimate spaces concealed behind low-height walls and full-height cavity sliders, allow operability and privacy while maintaining incredible views from all key areas.

A full kitchen, luggage store, powder room, indoor/outdoor bathing, wood fire, king bed and protected terrace all provide a sense of space and luxury within a compact footprint.

Sara, Dino and the entire Das Studio team have been instrumental in the development of our business and product range at Esca.

Das Studio demonstrated a high level of technical capability to design and deliver these complex buildings, which was matched by their appreciation of the curated moments that bring immense joy for our guests.

The arrival sequence, the reveal upon opening the door and the considered location of hidden surprises throughout each suite ensure that we deliver a truly immersive experience in nature without compromise.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Andrew & Associates, Surveyor
BuildSurv, Building Certifier
MDLR, Project Manager
PT Design, Civil Engineer
PT Design, Structural Engineer
SUHO, Energy Consultant
Trident Detailing, BIM Consultant
URPS, Town Planner

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Esca Inman Valley | Das Studio | Photographer: Anthony Basheer

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