Project Team

Design: Squillace Nicholas


Furniture: Tait, Hughes Commercial, Kezu, Thonet, Space,Dedece, Temperature Design, Matt Blatt, Contempo, Living Edge, Anibou
Lighting: CoCo Republic, Modo Luce, Matt Blatt, Light Culture

Rugs: Designer Rugs
Fireplace: Cheminees Philippe

Taking inspiration from the glamour of Italy’s sun drenched Amalfi Coast, the highly anticipated launch of Manly Pavilion brings a premium design offering from renowned Sydney architects Squillace Nicholas. Set to be Sydney’s ultimate harbourside venue, Squillace Nicholas have created stunning spaces, drawing upon Mediterranean influence, through the considered restoration and adaptive reuse to ensure that the first class dining experience at Manly Pavilion is matched by its beautiful surroundings.

Originally built in 1933 as a dressing room for the comfort of bathers, Squillace Nicholas have bought the heritage listed Manly Pavilion back to its former glory. In addition to major restoration of the original façade, the meticulous work has been undertaken on much of the original fabric, including the columned East façade, terrazzo stairs and wall frescoes.

Perched majestically on Federation Point, the glistening white building commands expansive ocean vistas and is reminiscent of a stunning Mediterranean construction. Upon arrival from the road, guests are welcomed with an impressive copper clad bridge, distinctively indicative of the buildings harbourside history. Guests approaching Manly Pavilion from the wharf side are greeted by the Mediterranean tiled fountains which have been meticulously restored and are then invited into the building via the grand stairs by the sea.

To compliment the historic grandeur of its original features, the restaurant pavilion, established on the upper level, offers a clearly identifiable modern juxtaposition upon the original building. The use of copper, stained timber and stone allow the new pavilion to gracefully patina over time, and compliments rather than jarring with the original pavilion that it sits adjacent too.

Its large dining terrace is a dramatically open and light space, with oversized sliding doors and neutral colour scheme it dissolves into the surrounding vista and becomes an extension of the harbour

The charismatic Jak stool is available in four styles for any entertaining situation: a stackable low or high back chair and a low or high back bar stool. The matching Jil is a versatile table with dining, coffee, side or bar height options.

Zinc plated steel wire frame. Nylon glides. Table tops available in spun metal, compact laminate or glass.
Frames can be powder-coated or hot dipped galvanized. Powder-coat available in a variety of UV stable colours.


‘Cockatoo’, a hand-made rug designed by Catherine Martin is available in three colour ways- Donkey, Red and Yellow and can be custom sized.

Made from 100% New Zealand Wool, each rug is issued with a collectors number and will be signed by Catherine Martin. Each colour way is limited to five issues, worldwide.

Designer Rugs

Single tub chair.
Fully upholstered.
Custom fabric available.

Hughes Commercial

beyond. Whilst the polished concrete floors echo the terrazzo used in the original main foyer below. Unlike the classically inspired pavilion it sits adjacent to, the Restaurant space’s pure clean lines reference the ‘modernist’ pavilion tradition. A sentiment that is clearly encapsulated in the crucifix shaped bronze columns that frame the bar, borrowed straight from Mies Van Der Rohe’s revolutionary Barcelona pavilion.

The bar itself is a sophisticated black tiled feature that glistens in the evening light, and the elevated bar platform provides the perfect location to enjoy unimpeded views of the harbour beyond with a cocktail from the bespoke cocktail offering.

A fusion between modern forms and Mediterranean glamour, the architectural spaces and furniture are dressed in timber paneled wall and ceiling boards creating a wharf style aesthetic. The high gloss Barrisol ceiling produces a cutting edge acoustic control while referencing the original ceilings which are revealed in parts of the building. The deep studded ottomans are juxtaposed against stainless steel drums, while the delicate presence of design classics like the Phillipe Staark pendant lights over the Sommelier Display, contrast directly with cutting edge LED crystal chandeliers by Dean Phillips, one of Australia’s premier new design talents.

The design journey continues into the restaurant where large banquets give a throne-like setting, while rare Queensland walnut used in the tables and bar top has been recovered from fallen rainforest trees and showcases the beauty and warmth of native Australian timber.

Every aspect of the Manly Pavilion project has been addressed with an absolute attention to detail and a careful consideration for the venues unique heritage. The overall design presents an authentic and stylish modern sensibility.

Cheminees Philippe is Europe’s #1 fireplace designer and manufacturer. Superbly crafted cast iron fireboxes combine elegance, high efficiency and safety. Single, double and triple sided models offer endless possibilities in fireplace design. Fabulous panoramic views of the fire and unique retractable and lateral opening doors.

Excellent Heating System producing both Radiant and Natural Convected Heat and a heat output of between 15-40 squares. EPA and Australian Standards Approved.

Cheminee Philippe

Paneled Ceiling: Supawood Architectural Lining Systems

Supaslat panels are made in Australia by Supawood. The panels are thin, narrow sections of timber constructed into a panel which form a floating or directional effect. The panels are ideal for use in any venue where a maritime or rustic atmosphere is desired.

The weathered effect on the Supaslat Driftwood timber slat panels is created by hand etching and coating a specific grade and species of hardwood timber, making every slat unique.

It is the interaction between the natural characteristics and features, (particularly varying grain densities), of the specific hardwood selected and the etching process which synthesizes the effect of the washing of the ocean waves and sand to create varying effects which cannot be conveyed in a single sample.

Supaslat panels come in a range of slat sizes and are quick to install using Supawood’s unique fixing system. These panels can be supplied shaped, curved or in acoustic options and are ideal for concealing access to utilities such as speakers or air conditioning. Green and fire retardant options are available.