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2009 AIA Architecture Awards Commendation Award - Interior Architecture for The Breakwater, Southside Dve, Hillarys Boat Harbour

The Breakwater is located on the Sorrento Quay Boardwalk in Hillarys Boat Harbour, one of WA's premier recreational destinations for both local and foreign visitors. The Sorrento Quay Boardwalk has been recently enhanced by an extension to the north with a building (designed by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland) that accommodates The Breakwater as its anchor tenant.


Oldfield Knott was commissioned to design interiors to a rigorous brief. This venue replaces the old Breakwater Tavern and Anchorage Restaurant, an iconic establishment that enjoyed almost 20 years of solid patronage. Our client, the Reid family, intends to fill a niche in northern suburb food and beverage facilities, and briefed the team to produce spaces characterizing “urban resort” and “cruise liner”.


The main lounge culminates in a glazed double volume, graced by the honed marble fireplace and glowing amber columns, which punctuate both floors, in harmony with the crisp building façade. The columns are clad with Melacore, a translucent plastic laminate with pressed fibers, and edged with dark timber.


Materials were selected for durability and function, yet downstairs, they form a stylish and relaxed interior. Colour schemes reflect The Breakwater's corporate colours, and seating has been considered to present variety. Upstairs, the finishes are more cosmopolitan; each space was given a distinct theme while retaining visual links to other rooms. The Ishka Restaurant derives its name from the Irish Gaelic term for 'water of life', uisce beatha. The restaurant, including a private dining room, sits discretely over the main lounge and offers diners expansive, luxury-liner views of the ocean.


Reid's Lounge, named for the client's father, is a composition of luxurious and refined finishes: Swarovski chandeliers, illuminated dark timber coffers, smoke grey mirrors and shimmering wallpaper. The Akoya Suite was designed for flexibility, with operable walls that create a series of expandable function rooms, some with private balconies.


The project took 18 months from design to completion, with construction taking 11 months; this presented a busy programme for both the building and design teams. Today, with 135 staff, two commercial kitchens in simultaneous operation and the largest tap manifold in WA, the client is pleased with the venue in operation and the project's delivery within budget.


In response to the brief, The Breakwater is a sophisticated and multi-faceted venue that caters for up to 1460 patrons with high quality facilities for dining, drinking, corporate functions and special events.