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Third Wave Kiosk Torquay  : The unique structure kiosk

A kiosk overlooking Torquay back beach has been recognised as one of the best-looking examples of its type. The Third Wave Kiosk, designed by Tony Hobba Architects, won Best Café Design at this year’s Eat-Drink-Design Awards. It was built through the Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee’s Tourism Facilities Project and opened last December. Judges said the design by the Bellbrae firm translated the stereotypical Australian beach kiosk into an architectural icon.

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  • “Striking and uncompromising siting ensure the building stands out on the shore line, yet the predominant use of Corten 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.
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  • “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.”
  • “The kiosk follows the refurbishment of the Surf Beach toilet block, and will also be undertaken in conjunction with the refurbishment of the existing green dressing shed building.”
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“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.” – Jury Citation / Eat-Drink-Design Awards

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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.

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Tony Hobba Architects:

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.

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About – Third Wave Kiosk:

The Third Wave of Coffee refers to a current movement to produce high-quality coffee, and consider coffee as an artisanal foodstuff, like wine, rather than a commodity, like wheat. This involves improvements at all stages of production, from improving coffee bean growing, harvesting, and processing, to stronger relationships between coffee growers and coffee traders and roasters, to higher quality and fresh roasting, at times called microroasting (by analogy with microbrew beer), to skilled brewing.

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The kiosk will provide a wide variety of food through breakfast and lunch.The coffee is supplied by the coffee cartel who import speciality coffee beans from around the world.

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Project Data:

Project name: Third Wave Kiosk
Location: The Esplanande, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Coordinates: -38.341063, 144.321123
Type: Restaurant / Coffee shop / Cafe
Materials: Steel and Cor-ten steel
Project Year: 2010
Status: Completed
Opened: November 2011
Completion Year: 2011
Visit Third Wave Kiosk Torquay’s website: here

Awards:

  • 2012 – Eat-Drink-Design Awards – Category: Best Cafe Design – Winner

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Tony Eastmure
Architects: Tony Hobba Architects – 45 Hurst Road, Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia
Project Architect:  Tony Hobba
Project Team: Michael Lucas, Jordan Wright
Text Description: © Courtesy of Tony Hobba Architects, Eat-Drink-Design Awards, surfcoasttimes
Images: © Tony Hobba Architects, Rory Gardiner, Third Wave Kiosk

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