Conceived as a quintessential Australian beach pavilion structure the Burleigh Pavilion is the refurbishment and partial construction of the iconic ocean facing building and swimming pool at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast. Across 1200 sq m, the venue is divided into three spaces: ‘The Pavilion’, ‘Beach Bar’ and ‘The Tropic’ restaurant. Robust, sun-drenched and faded it is the next genesis in the story of Burleigh Heads.
Alexander & CO was commissioned to renovate and expand the dilapidating structure, they not only had to design a robust and easily maintained multipurpose venue that would appeal equally to guests who walked straight off the beach to those enjoying a smart lunch or dinner, as well as prevent flooding from storm surges, but they also had to reaffirm and reinvigorate its status as a local landmark.
The refurbished pavilion consists of three areas, ‘The Tropic’, an all-day restaurant run by head chef Guillaume Zika, ‘The Pavilion’, a coastal brasserie serving burgers, pizzas and milkshakes, and a beach bar, a casual outdoor space where you can step straight up from the sand for a drink or snack, have a shower and rack your board off to the side. All three sections coalesce around a large open kitchen which is an expansive culinary hub with two pizza ovens and fire pit. Built within a white-washed curving masonry arbour, the design of the kitchen is a nod to the historic pavilions that once dotted up and down the coast. Nostalgia is the predominant theme underpinning Burleigh Pavilion’s interior design, with Alexander & CO’s scheme abounding in retro references: from the faded pastels that channel 1980s Miami Vice to the corbeled blockwork evoking the Gold Coast beach houses of the 1970s where the Pavilion’s current owner spent his childhood holidays.