indiana tea house



text + drawings

Location : Cottesloe, WA

Design Team : Durbach Block Jaggers + Ohlo Studio + Aspect Studios

Winning Design Selected by Jury : Andrew Forrest AO, Geoffrey London, Dr Nicola Forrest, Shelley Penn, Peter Mould

The proposed Indiana’s hospitality venues provide experiential dining that embodies our unique relationship to the coast. The varied approach to each interior provides opportunities for enjoyment for all. Material applications frame the view uniquely in each venue, creating a narrative enriched by the integration and incorporation of stories and local works.

At beach level the experience is about sand and the sea –a playful language, incorporating reflections and the intensity of the ocean. Sandy feet, hot skin, laughter, condensation dripping from a cold drink; the beachside level hosts a bold, colourful and eclectic crowd. In the restaurant-come-market, space is generous and the atmosphere is light hearted and robust. Spanning the extent of the scalloped ceiling above, a gloss custom tile artwork commissioned by a local artist reflects the ocean.

Wind protected, shaded and sun drenched interior spaces edge the built program. Utility, flexibility and amenity underpin the project. Daily use is immediate to all faces of the building, the street, the beach and grass terraces. From casual to fine dining, terraces and elevated platforms offer a variety of carefree seaside relationships. 

 The garden terrace evokes a sense of ease and connection to the landscape. The tiered site forms an expansive natural arena and 180 degree views. Meandering paths create a natural flow from interior to exterior and render a ‘soft boundary’ - allowing the outside in and vice versa. Specifically developed palettes define each of the Garden Terrace areas,  loosely divided into precincts for a variety of dining experiences. The eclectic furniture schemes and natural local materials reference the surrounding coastal and cultural landscape and are combined to offer a variety of experiences under one green roof.

The traditional elements of a beach front pavilion, colonnade, terrace and roof, are folded and molded into a topographic landform, both building and landscape, shaping multiple levels and connections. The city inhabits nature. Nature inhabits the city, making a leisurely, pleasurable architecture of gardens and rooms. 

 In Australia, increasingly our notion of luxury embodies authentic experience over material things; luxury is space and light, curated views that frame an interesting relationship with the landscape and a direct connection to the elements. In the haute cuisine restaurant, the walls are thrown open to create an airy, voluminous verandah with expansive views to Rottnest Island and sunsets through the trees. The layout of the sculptural interior offers raised levels of personalised service and unexpected moments of pleasure.