The reinvented beach kiosk

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The Third Wave Kiosk located on Victoria’s Torquay beach, about an hours drive from Melbourne, has reinvented the stereotypical beach kiosk and given it an environmental twist. 

Sitting high in the beach dunes between the car park and the water’s edge, the new kiosk attracts attention for all the right reasons

Designed by Tony Hobba Architects, the brief, according to arch daily, was to design a new public facility incorporating a kiosk, toilets and change rooms that would be open year-round, be used by a range of beach-goers and become an important beach side destination.

The 215 square-foot building is both elegant and simple.  According to Inhabit the structure is built from recycled materials and is clad in sheet piles that were used along the Murray River during the devastating 2010 – 2011 Victorian floods.

The sheet piles have been left in their original, rusty condition and give the impression that the building has been there forever – at one with the colour of the surrounding cliffs. (Inhabit).  The shape and surface of the structure are reminiscent of boat shipyards or objects you collect at the beach.

“Third Wave” refers to the movement to elevate coffee to a gourmet beverage, similar to fine wine, and the kiosk focuses on selling high quality coffee (Inhabit). The Third Wave Kiosk was awarded best café design in the 2012 Eat-Drink-Design Awards.

Sources: archdaily, inhabitat,


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