Jackalope Hotel

Completion year 2017

Key People

Cormac Kelly

Sustainability Section Manager, Associate

Greg Anderson

Audio Visual Project Engineer

Jean-Paul Kirkland

Specialist Lighting Project Engineer

Nick Stavroulakis

Mechanical Project Engineer, Associate

Daniel Castro

Acoustics Section Manager, Associate

Dara McGrenaghan

Civil Section Manager, Principal

Brett Casson

Fire Engineering Section Manager, Principal

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The project involved the construction of a luxury hotel and swimming pool, restaurant and functions centre at the existing Willow Creek Winery.

Working within a functioning winery and heritage house throughout the construction process proved challenging sensitive construction practices were required to ensure there was no damage to the vines and heritage requirements were met. Existing infrastructure was limited on the site so a very detailed and efficient design was required to ensure the operational requirements of the development were met for all services and particular focus was given to the water reuse on the site and improving the quality of the site in all respects with the new built form.


  • Australia’s Hotel of the Year, New Hotel of the Year and Regional Hotel of the Year at the Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards 2017
  • Awarded Gold in the Melbourne Design Awards in the Architecture – Commercial – Constructed category
  • Excellence Award at the 2017 Illuminating Engineering Society Awards
  • Winner – Best Identity Design at the 2017 Eat Drink Design Awards
  • Winner – Best Overall Design Project at the 2017 Interior Design Excellence Awards
  • Shortlisted for the 2017 Hotel and Leisure Category at the World Architecture Festival Awards
  • Winner of 2018 VIC Architecture Awards – Commercial Architecture