Project Team

design: Ewert Leaf

Photos: Fi Storey


furniture: BSeated Global
stone: Eco Outdoor
carpet: RC+D
upholstery: Contemporary Leather, Instyle, Emily Ziz
lighting: Sphera, Great Dane Furniture

The heritage-listed former Dressing Pavilion situated on Williamstown foreshore has emerged with a new energy and sense of escapism.

The design for this unique venue celebrates European Modernist architecture and transports users to the beaches of San Sebastian through rich textures and colours.

The design needed to achieve both the restorative requirements from council and Heritage Victoria, and also encompass the client’s re imagining of the venue.

The inherent sensitivities and challenges presented with restoration and paying homage to the original structure, while meeting the demands of a highly functional venue, presented a unique opportunity for innovation. This heritage listed site has provided a strong foundation for what is ironically, a highly contemporary design outcome.

The interior incorporates design cues reminiscent of the De Stijl movement, as a common, yet subliminal thread, woven throughout each space. When combined with a robust material palette and a judicious use of colour, the design has an inherent strength and substance, inspired by the built form.

Each detail is crafted to celebrate and reference the original architecture, featuring strong, clean lines and filleted curves, captured in robust materials. The design response has a significant contribution to the local culture, providing users with a contemporary interpretation to this period of design. A strong connection to the surrounding, somewhat exposed environment has been achieved throughout the design. Natural light is harnessed by exposing existing clerestory windows, amplified through the use clean, bright finishes. Sash windows and large doors to the Esplanade and beachside allow for cross ventilation, creating an inviting space that transforms with the seasons.

The design needed to achieve both the restorative requirements from council and Heritage Victoria, and also encompass the client’s reimagining of the venue.

A sweeping bar forged in oceanic-toned concrete is hero upon entry, creating flow to the dining room and beachside deck. Overhead shelving follows the bar, with tubular rails subliminally referencing façade metalwork.

Spanish patterned indigo-toned carpet anchors the restaurant space, while a field of glass pendants soften modernist lines. Scalloped leather booths frame views to the Esplanade, with timber dowels lining the low-slung wings, providing intimacy and warmth.


Edwart Indoor Chair

The Edwart Indoor Chair can be customised for your desired look and feel. The Edwart chair is a stacking chair, which is beneficial because stacking chairs are handy and easy to store. B Seated Global is one of the leaders in the market of cafe furniture, and we provide an eight-year warranty because we believe in the high quality of our cafe chairs and stacking chairs.

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