The multi-award winning masterplan for Maravista Farm was designed to showcase the clients “paddock to plate” philosophy, provide fresh produce and create a beautiful tourist destination focused on growing local organic food.
Location & Year
Kabi Kabi Country
Noosa Hinterland, QLD
2015 - 2016
AILA National Landscape Architecture Award (Tourism)
AILA QLD, Landscape Architecture Award (Tourism)
Maravista, an established Macadamia Nut Plantation, is owned by a restaurant conglomerate associated with Noosa’s famous Hastings Street. The estate is located in the Noosa Hinterland, close to Lake Cootharaba. CUSP was engaged to develop a masterplan that best expresses and brings to life the client’s vision. AILA recognised CUSP's considered approach to Maravista with two awards in the Tourism category, at State and National levels.
CUSP defined zones that optimised the site’s features and were appropriate to the various needs of the client. This included an organic food farm area structured as a series of operational, display and culinary events spaces for both restaurant supply and tourism value. A central feature of this space, located in one of the walled gardens and serviced by the on-site kitchen, is a "living" herb table.
The client's brief also required a zone suitable for wedding functions. Contemporary sub-tropical architecture "chapels" were located beside the lake edges to allow for multiple ceremony opportunities with high-quality amenity.
The CUSP masterplan identified environmental zones, creek corridors and existing landscapes for revegetation to weave the broader natural biodiversity with the productive spaces. In addition, CUSP designed the marketing for both the wedding venue and culinary aspect, including a sculptural concept design of a macadamia nut and leaf for the main entry.
"The Maravista Plantation masterplan celebrates food tourism, landscape and sustainability by bringing good site planning and design principles to this private rural landholding. The design team have thoughtfully captured the client’s vision and passion for innovation, while balancing the social, economic and environmental challenges of an evolving tourism industry. This project demonstrates the value of the landscape architecture profession working in new ways to define landscapes for food production, education and eco-tourism." - AILA National Jury Comments