The Sebel Yarrawonga, Silverwoods Resort | COX Architecture

The Sebel Yarrawonga, Silverwoods Resort | COX Architecture | Photographer: Tommy Miller

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

The Sebel Yarrawonga, Silverwoods Resort | COX Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Yorta Yorta


Commercial Architecture
Interior Architecture
Regional Prize (VIC)
Urban Design
Hutchinson Builders
Andrew Sissons
Lotus Living
Tommy Miller
Project summary

The Sebel Yarrawonga delivers an authentic regional Australian resort experience by embracing the natural features of its unique peninsula site between Lake Mulwala and the Black Bull Golf Course.

Inspired by the simplicity and honesty of rural Australian structures, the modest roof forms, and robust, natural, and locally sourced materials create a resort experience that is deeply rooted in its surroundings. The resort’s spatial planning further encourages engagement with the environment through external walkways and stairs, while generous verandas and roof overhangs provide shade and shelter from the elements enabling maximin outdoor habitation throughout all seasons.

The site has been extensively regenerated with diverse native plantings, and all stormwater is filtered through a thriving wetland and bio-filtration system. The resorts sensitive response to the local environment, and creation of a vibrant community hub have created a quality destination that has stimulated the local community and broader Yarrawonga region.

The Sebel at Yarrawonga offers guests an immersive regional Australian experience with interiors that reflect the natural beauty of its unique waterfront location.

Inspired by the simplicity and honesty of rural Australian structures, the quiet and robust materiality of the resort provides a backdrop to views of the surrounding landscape.

Built featuring locally sourced materials such as River Red Gum, burnished concrete and expressed steel structure create an honest and utilitarian aesthetic. The locally sourced clay-fired bricks imitate the distinctive natural earth tones of the region grounding the building in its setting, while the internal raked ceilings and extensive glazing bring the outside in, with the use of local Red Gum featured in the linings and joinery.

The resort’s interiors create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a unique blend of rural simplicity and luxurious comfort to be experienced both by guests, the local community and broader Yarrawonga region.

Victorian Jury Presentation

Silverwoods Resort is the Murray region’s most prestigious golf, resort and residential destination for locals and visitors alike. Set across 400 acres of prime waterfront land right on the edge of Lake Mulwala.

Anchor and heart of the development is the signature Sebel Yarrawonga, easily accessible from the town and walking paths from within the development.

Overall hotel design has carefully considered climatic conditions, integrating natural local landscapes with spaces of all outlets fostering a sustained, connected and engaged hub for everyone – It has become the new local for all whilst strongly supporting current and future tourism.

Project Practice Team

Andrew Lyons, Senior Architect
Andrew Tucker, Director
Anthea Leyden, Associate Director
Daniel Colaneri, Associate
David Henderson, Senior Associate
Ian Sutter, Director
James Palmer, Architect
John Hayball, Senior Associate
Jun Wie, Interior Designer
Renee Hu, Interior Designer
Sam Lock, Director
Tommy Miller, Associate

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Affinity, Fire Engineering
Bosco Johnson, Land Surveyor & Town Planner
Brand Works, F&B Concept
GTA, Traffic
Hutchinson Builders, Construction and ECI
Lotus Living, Developer/Owner/Client
McKenzie Group, Building Surveyor and Access
Rudds Consulting, Building Services Engineering
Thomson Perrett, Landscape Architect
Wallbridge and Gilbert, Structural Engineering
Wastech, Waste
Wilde and Woolard, Quantity Surveyor
WSP, ESD, Specialist Lighting and Acoustics

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The Sebel Yarrawonga, Silverwoods Resort | COX Architecture | Photographer: Andrew Sissons

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