A Walk through the Manor:
We thought we would share a bit about what the design of Majumder Manor is all about. What does it uniquely offer to residents of, and visitors to, Burlington?
While inspired by the local vernacular, Majumder Manor is not your traditional ‘salt box’. Shaun was very interested in exploring how to create a space that would belong as much to the locals as it would provide an impressive retreat for visitors from away. We aimed to create a design that would engage with traditional community life while offering a luxurious reinterpretation of those familiar spaces that are closely tied to rural Newfoundland.
The Manor is dramatized to highlight the beauty of the rugged surrounding landscape while encouraging a variety of lively and engaging spaces throughout an open concept design, all the while committing to a sustainable vision. The design introduces four interconnected levels that offer a variety of different types of experiences within the manor beginning at a communal ground floor and becoming more private as you move up through the hotel.
Where you enter the manor depends on how you arrive. For example by car, you would enter directly into the main doors of the shed, whereas if you were to arrive by snowmobile in the winter, the porch entrance offers a place to put away your boots and jacket before heading into the same space. The shed, the most public of the spaces, offers a bar for people to meet, a lounge and an intimate music performing stage.
At the heart of the project is the restaurant, that we’ve dubbed ‘Burlington’s kitchen’, overlooks the shed and provides a space flexible for dining scenarios. Whether Steve Vardy makes a visit as head chef or whether celebrated locals dish up a fare of ‘fish n brewis’, the restaurant offers an opportunity to bring people together at the table to be joined by food and stories. With the closest restaurant over an hour away, this provides a new destination for the region.
Dividing the shed and the restaurant is a generous staircase that doubles as seating for the performance stage and provides opportunity to create a small local movie theatre.
For a place to lounge after a day of hiking and to get some quiet time – the campfire lounge, aptly named for the central fire pit that gives this place its warmth. On this level one can shutter-up for some rest and relaxation. Here you can also layback and watch the stars in the sky tent, an intimate yet grand double height room with views to the mountains and sky.
A walk up the sky-lit stairs leads you to the manor’s area of retreat, where five luxury suites with private balconies are raised over the tree canopy to overlook the Bay. The manor’s design also boasts features such as: a wine cellar, a sunset deck, trails and a nature spa.
There are a lot of challenges that come with an ambitious project like the manor, we think the seasoned Zita Cobb alludes to some of them in an interview about her Shorefast Project on Fogo Island where she was asked: “What keeps you awake at night?”, to which she responded: “Finding the right balance in the rhythm of opposites between traditional and contemporary; between what should stay the same, what needs to change; between “from here” and “from away”; between pragmatism and poetry; between constraint and possibility.