This unique bathing pavilion celebrates European Modernist architecture transporting users to the beaches of San Sebastian.
Situated on Williamstown foreshore, the heritage-listed former Williamstown Dressing Pavilion is one of very few examples of European Modernist architecture in a leisure building. The design brief called for the refurbishment of the striking De Stijl pavilion structure into a contemporary bar and restaurant venue, with a coastal Spanish influence, reminiscent of the beach clubs of San Sebastian. A modern beachside venue has emerged, sympathetic to the building with details that celebrate the original architecture.
Strong lines and filleted curves are captured in robust materials featuring artisan concrete countertops, breeze block partitions, timber dowel linings and crisp white surfaces punctuated with blue. The venue strengthens local culture, connecting patrons to this period of design, in a contemporary interpretation. The double-tiered deck offers views across the bay and direct beach access. White and blue rattan chairs and swing seating suspended from the timber pergola convey a Spanish beach club aesthetic. The lower deck day beds are screened by a sweeping breezeblock wall and verdant planting, defining a sense of arrival from the beach.