Indiana Tearooms Design Competition

State Western Australia
Client Minderoo Group
Competition Invited EOI and Single Stage Design Competition
Winner Durbach Block Jaggers
Andrew Forrest AO Co-Founder, Minderoo Group
Geoffrey London Professor of Architecture UWA
Dr Nicola Forrest CEO, Minderoo Foundation
Peter Mould Architect and Architecture Advisor
Shelley Penn Past Associate Government Architect, OVGA & Past National President, AIA

The Minderoo Group invited a group of Australia’s most awarded architects to participate in a competition to breathe life into the Indiana Tea Rooms on Cottesloe beach. CityLab was the Competition Advisor for this project, assisting The Minderoo Group through the invited EOI and single stage architectural competition.

The site is on Cottesloe beach – one of Australia’s best known and celebrated recreational beaches, attracting thousands of visitors year-round. For the last thirty years, the Indiana Tea Rooms have been part of what has attracted visitors to the area. Located within the Parks and Recreational Reserve within the Local Planning Scheme, the ‘Indiana’ is a much-loved landmark and place for refreshments for locals and visitors alike. It also provides public amenities and services for all visitors to the beach.

The site has seen many changes since 1929; a small ice-cream parlour was replaced by the Centenary Pavilion, and again in 1982 this building was demolished and replaced by a boatshed and bathing pavilion designed by Brand Deykin and Hay, completed in 1983. This too was later expanded, resulting in the current building designed by Lawrence Scanlon and Associates in 1996.

It is expected that the competition will deliver a dramatic new landmark, offering everything from fish and chips on the beach, to casual dining and award-winning haute cuisine.