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2012 Eat-Drink-Design Awards: Best Cafe Design

The Best Cafe Design | Third Wave Cafe by Tony Hobba Architects

Jury comment

Third Wave Cafe translates the stereotypical Australian beach kiosk into an architectural icon, without pretension. Striking and uncompromising siting ensure the building stands out on the shore line, yet the predominant use of Core Ten steel allows it to blend visually with the landscape, and continue to weather sympathetically with it. The shape and surface suggest, but never mimic, maritime references, or worn found objects from a coastal stroll. Structure and function have been handled integrally, so that the additional ablution facilities sit unobtrusively, giving prominence to the ‘welcome’ of the kiosk servery. The robustness and strength of the concept aligns well with its offer of beachside fare, strong flavours and artisanal coffee. This project understands the directness of our love affair with the beach, its grainy patina and simple pleasures. It is a singular project, exemplifying the best of the Australian ethos of fresh food in a natural location.

Design statement

The brief was to design a new public facility at Torquay Surf Beach that included a cafe, toilets and change rooms. The facility needed to be open year-round, service an assortment of recreation users and provide an important beachside destination. Due to its high level of local, regional and international use throughout the year, together with its visual prominence along this section of coastline and the fact that it is situated on Crown land, the design needed to adequately service community recreation and tourist requirements while sensitively integrating and respecting the local coastal environment and adhering to the Victorian Coastal Strategy.

Third Wave Cafe | The Esplanade | Torquay Vic 3228 |


 Design practice  Tony Hobba Architects
 Images  Rory Gardiner
 Source  Artichoke – December 2012 (Issue 41)
 Released  23 October 2012