The Banksia Room is a 250-seat reception and function room in the former Woodchip Mill administration building. Following four decades of neglect, the original building needed to be extensively gutted and re-built. The renovation wraps the up cycled structural elements of the building with new insulation, thermally broken windows and rough sawn timber cladding and fills the inside with a new commercial kitchen, bar + reception, lounge, meeting room and toilets - all supporting a large gathering space that allows for a range of events to be held. Thick curtains and adjustable track lighting support the flexibility of use of the space.

Lined in warm, natural materials the Banksia Room provides the mill with a formal, comfortable, and thermally controlled event space that compensates for the more raw and exposed qualities of the other parts of the site. Externally, the dark tones of the building ensures it recedes, allowing the landscape and life of the event to sit forward.


To the east, a new wind protected, sun filled courtyard has been set around an existing 45 year old Banksia tree. The courtyard is paved in 300 million year old sandstone sourced directly from the site. To the west, a large new timber deck takes in the view over Spring Bay.

Builder_ Dillon Builders

Interior Design Collaborator_ Bury Kirkland Ferri

Landscaping_ Marcus Ragus

Wayfinding Signage_ Futago

Furniture Maker_ Laura McKusker

Decorative Steel_ Wellington Steelworks

Photographs (except 2 and 11)_  Richard Jupe 

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