September 17th 2007
A walk through Blue on Blue
Over recent weeks Peppers Blue on Blue Resort at Nelly has had staged opening events culminating in a big bash last Saturday night. The day before Magnetic Times and a posse of other journalists were taken on a tour of this $300M new development which, along with No 1 Bright Point, forms the first major architectural impression visitors receive of Magnetic Island.
The apartments which range in price from $395,000 for a one-bedder through to $1.25M for the luxury, marina-facing, 3-bedders with plunge pools, certainly exude luxury. The interior fittings, where stainless steel may have become the new beige, are about what one might expect for the uberboomers who might afford them. And it seems the ever closer liaison between bedrooms and bathrooms which brought us the en suite of McMansion ubiquity has now been consummated at Blue on Blue with a sexier, walless version as its architectural lovechild.
Is stainless steel the new beige?Bye bye en suite
It is generally expected that many of these units wont actually be lived in much by their owners who will visit them for their own holidays but, with many balconies ideal as party platforms, they will then be available for holiday letting for the rest of the year.
The exteriors, especially as seen from other parts of the Harbour, seem to suggest an architectural style somewhere between rendered slab modernism and the stark white of a Mediterranean village.
View from across the marina.
Locals, who fought each other for a decade over what would be done on Harbour sites like this, will, no doubt, find the architectural merits of Blue on Blue a rich subject for discussion and we invite readers to comment below.
Blue on Blue from ferry access street.
Although there are cooling, atrium-like, spaces between the entry buildings, outside shade still seems to be at a premium once the visitor heads towards the farther reaches near Sooning Street.
The huge saltwater pool, which I'd thought was, at one stage, promised to be open to the public (it's not), certainly catches the eye in that very intense Mediterranean way. But I hope many more trees will be planted and survive in what must be a rather salty (reclaimed harbour dredgings) subsoil. While the Mediterranean look is fine for winter on Magnetic the intense heat and humidity of summer screams for shade.
Atrium shade Magnetic's biggest swimming pool
Although now officially open, the five star, Peppers' Blue on Blue, has been quite a long time coming. There was to be an opening a year ago then another in March this year. And while it is claimed that 41 of the 58 units in Stage 1 and 15 of Stage 2 have sold, they have been heavily marketed since they went on sale off the plan in October 2004. This might explain why the concrete platforms for buildings 5, 6 and 7, presently boarded behind a blue on blue wall, stand replete with a plantation of steel reinforcing rods and have been stalled from further construction.
Building 5 so far.
For a writer not naturally enamoured of resort-style developments, I should nonetheless imagine that Peppers will attract its niche client