Every successful beach needs a focus to transcend it from a mere stretch of white sand into a magnet for thousands of beach worshippers to come and celebrate beach life. The intention is to develop an iconic structure approximately 30 metres from the end of the existing Cottesloe groyne that would enhance the public domain of the Cottesloe Beach front and bring a vibrancy and excitement back to the area.
At the heart of this proposal is the vision to deliver a multipurpose venue that makes an important contribution to the local community and provides patrons with an exceptional hospitality experience at an affordable price. The proposal includes a café/restaurant/function room, an underwater observatory and associated piers and pavilions.
The project will be assessed through the WA Planning Commission approval process involving various State Government legislations and policies. With the obvious interface with Cottesloe beach and the groyne, documents have also been submitted to Cottesloe Council for their review and endorsement to ensure the project has council and local community support.
Based on a survey of existing demand and a detailed review of existing policies there would be residual practical capacity within the public car parking infrastructure to accommodate the anticipated demands of the proposal. In addition, the management of the venue proposes to introduce incentives and measures to reduce traffic and car parking demands associated with the facility.
An emerging generation of increasingly sophisticated tourists demands a higher quality of environment and more varied ways of spending its leisure time. Along with this evolution comes concern about climate change and environmentally-aware travellers wanting to connect with nature yet be reassured that their holidays will not harm the planet.
In environmental terms, our goal is to protect and enhance the landscape and its biodiversity, engage with the traditional owners to ensure the project preserves and respects the indigenous heritage and to conserve natural resources. In addition, we have addressed issues including low-carbon design, renewable energy, water efficiency, waste minimisation, responsible sourcing and self sufficiency.
The Architect has created a design that sits beautifully within the landscape of Cottesloe, with a respectful nod to the past embracing the pavilion style of high loft ceilings and tactile wooden beams and floorboards, yet incorporating contemporary design in its overall architecture and purpose. Sensitivity to landscape, vernacular building form, materials and siting are maintained as the first consideration.