Set on the shores of Williamstown Beach, design firm Ewert Leaf transformed the heritage-listed former Williamstown Dressing Pavilion into a relaxed, Basque-inspired all day dining venue named Sebastian Beach Grill.
The clients, Dave Parker and childhood friend Alex Brawn, briefed Ewert Leaf to design a space that invoked their memories of travels in Spain, specifically gastronomic seaside town San Sebastian.
Anchoring a natural palette of soft white, oak timber and tan leather with deep cerulean, Ewert Leaf designed a trans-seasonal venue – bright and airy in summer, yet cosy and homely in winter that delivers the quintessential beachfront dining experience. Using white breezeblocks throughout, the designers created congruence between the internal and external.
Local concrete sculptor Maddie Sharrock was commissioned to craft the curved, concrete bar that meets guests upon entry, made in tranquil, oceanic tones.
In the dining room, generous booths upholstered in tan leather line the northern wall, while square white tables adjoined by oak timber chairs with royal blue leather detailing sit in the centre of the room. Design features include a patterned, sapphire-toned carpet, blonde timber dowel ceiling and a sea of pendant lighting.
Facing the beach, a row of tables with white and blue rattan chairs invite diners to tuck in, with uninterrupted views across Williamstown Bay.