Peter pas­sion­ate about Mt Buller

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By LIZ WEBB

THE Ski Club of Vic­to­ria’s re­cently pub­li­cised plans for an apart­ment de­vel­op­ment on Mt Buller has al­ready re­ceived quite a num­ber of ex­cited Ex­pres­sions of In­ter­est.

Ar­chi­tect Peter McIn­tyre is de­lighted and be­lieves that the project will go ahead and is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the prospec­tive buy­ers, dis­cussing and re­fin­ing his plans to, wher­ever pos­si­ble, ac­com­mo­date their needs.

It was Peter who de­signed and su­per­vised the re­build­ing of the Whitt in the 1960s, so in a way, he is the per­fect choice to un­der­take this cur­rent project.

Peter’s work on Mt Buller is ex­ten­sive and started with the build­ing of a se­ries of lodges (built in twos), on the side of Shaky Knees for the McKay and Edgar, Al­ster­gren and Hol­land fam­i­lies, as well as his own - Wom­bat in con­junc­tion with Cuckoo for the Se­gan fam­ily.

“It took three years to build Wom­bat, which still ex­ists, and the main fea­ture is a huge three-storey, in­te­rior stone di­vid­ing wall,” he said.

“The kids would grum­ble be­cause I used to make them pick up stones from the side of the road to be added to the wall, but it’s still stand­ing.”

Peter’s im­pres­sive Mt Buller port­fo­lio in­cludes OMSKI, Black For­est, Twin Tow­ers, Pon­tresina, three lodges for An­dre as well as Bluff (ex­ten­sions and ren­o­va­tions to start this sum­mer), Cross­cut and Molony’s.

In ar­chi­tec­tural cir­cles, he is greatly ad­mired and was awarded the Zel­man Cowan medal for the Best Build­ing in Aus­tralia, for his mas­sive un­der­tak­ing, the de­sign and build­ing of a com­plete alpine vil­lage at Din­ner Plain, next to Mt Hotham re­sort.

His work in Mel­bourne is leg­endary, in­clud­ing the 1956 Mel­bourne Olympic Swimming Pool, South Yarra Jam Fac­tory com­plex, and even Par­lia­ment Sta­tion.

Peter’s pas­sion is still Mt Buller.

He still skis “when you can see” and he proudly re­counts that his most im­por­tant achieve­ment re­lat­ing to his ski­ing days is the fact that as SCV pres­i­dent, he re-launched club rac­ing by in­tro­duc­ing the highly suc­cess­ful no­tion of hand­i­cap races to make rac­ing ap­peal­ing to ev­ery­one.

Aged in his mid 80s, this man is in­spi­ra­tional.

Peter has the his­tory, pas­sion and the drive to lead this new round of build­ing de­vel­op­ments on Mt Buller, his en­thu­si­asm is in­fec­tious and his de­light at tak­ing on this chal­lenge will con­tinue the legacy of dis­tinc­tive Aus­tralian alpine ar­chi­tec­ture for pos­ter­ity.

AT HIS DESK: Work­ing on and pas­sion­ate about Mt Buller is ar­chi­tect Peter McIn­tyre.

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