Sydney's Coogee Pavilion Has Our Design Pulses Racing
What we took away from the city's coolest new restaurant
That Coogee Pavilion sits in the footprint of a onetime aquarium was impetus enough for a visit from us. I mean, we love dolphins nearly as much as Jessica Day does. (Ok, probably more.) But factor in its winning interiors, and Coogee Pavilion—the six-month-old restaurant and bar on the Sydney waterfront designed by Kelvin Ho of Akin Creative, stylist Amanda Talbot, and designer Bettina Hemmes—becomes a bonafide design destination. Here's what's clicking with us.
The effortless indoor-outdoor vibe
Forget that Coogee Pavilion is located in a climate that should enact a strict doors-open policy all the time. We love the slightly Miss Havisham look of cascading plants and weathered garden urns everywhere, plus floral throw pillows, vaguely patio-style furnishings, and glass walls and windows in place of solid partitions.
The focus on nature
Nods to the building's former life as an aquarium are present at every turn. Specimen boxes filled with crab shells and bird eggs take the place of standard bar tables in one section, and a custom light fixture in the shape of a whale illuminates a back wall. Meanwhile, a wall mural in one quiet corner evokes the place where land meets sea.
The beach cabana-like palette
Muted blues and greens mingle with faded whites, natural woods, and patinaed metals to create an atmosphere that feels like an updated 1960s beach resort. Consider us there.