We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us

Capital Works

From inducing a sense of well being to inspiring great thoughts, the spaces we inhabit have a vast impact on what we feel and how we act.

At Cottage by the Sea, we know that as soon as children arrive at Queenscliff their mood is uplifted. This sense of wellbeing increases tenfold when the children see the beach and ocean for the first time. This understanding has been forefront in the redevelopment works currently underway.

We have created a new wide and welcoming front entrance to the Main Cottage, enabling access for a more diverse cohort of children. This new doorway will enter into a bright, colourful and spacious foyer that immediately evokes happiness. A happiness only enhanced by the multi-coloured spiral slide descending into the foyer from the upstairs dormitories.

The foyer then leads back to our proudest addition – the double storey deck with floor to ceiling windows over looking Port Philip Bay. Anyone who has sat out on the old Cottage deck is familiar with these stunning views, and probably also remembers the icy Antarctic breezes that made their way through the gaps and cracks throughout Queenscliff’s long winter months.  These winds won’t bother future generations of children, who will sit on the deck in comfort in the abounding natural light that is known to stimulate revitalisation of body and mind.

As well as spectacular dining, the new deck provides a multi-function space for indoor activities. Especially in the colder months, the views of the ocean will allow the children to continue to engage with the outdoors while staying warm and dry.

Many children arrive at Cottage by the Sea having never seen the ocean, never swam in its waters. They have never experienced that sense of freedom, and also awe, that comes from playing among the waves. To be able to extend that experience when they are inside is as much a privilege for us as it will be for the children.

Built 80 years ago, our old Cottage has served us well, as it will continue to do so for at least another 80 years to come.  To be able to undertake these Capital Works, we are ever grateful for the generous donations from our community as well as funding from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund.  This one-time grant will be directed to the Major Capital Works project only. It does not contribute to funding children’s programs.

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” – Winston Churchill