Peter passionate about Mt Buller
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.