The Beach House

The design for The Beach House by Studio Esteta draws upon the context of the site and its history to reimagine and recreate the traditional beachside café and kiosk in Geelong, Australia.

  • Year 2019
  • Location Geelong, Australia,
  • Type Restaurant,
  • The brief sought to revitalise the existing run-down bathers’ pavilion and provide the local community with a relaxed, paired-back and considered dining space, takeaway kiosk and function space.

    Informed by the rural and coastal landscape of the surrounding Bellarine Peninsula, the design reflects a refined and modern, yet effortlessly relaxed space that remains sympathetic to the history of the site. This was achieved through the simple yet considered material palette and subtle yet high level of detail. The raw, honest and humble textures of the Australian landscape are further reflected through a material palette that layers materials including rendered wall finishes, soft linen curtains, warm timbers and natural stone.

    The layout of the multi-faceted eatery and function space enables a fluid and seamless spatial flow for staff and patrons. The patron is taken on a journey through the building, discovering unique moments and experiences as they move through the different spaces within. The result is a design response that celebrates Geelong’s heritage past while creating a contemporary meeting place for the local community.

    Design: Studio Esteta
    Photography: Sean Fennessy