Best of 2012: Third Wave Cafe

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Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach, Melbourne, designed by Tony Hobba Architects.

Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach, Melbourne, designed by Tony Hobba Architects.

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Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

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Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

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Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

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Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

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Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

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Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

Third Wave Cafe at Torquay Surf Beach.

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It’s a pretty safe bet that there isn’t another café in the world that looks like this one. Designed by Tony Hobba Architects, the monolithic Third Wave Cafe emerges from the foreshore of Torquay surf beach near Melbourne as if it had been there forever, but somehow manages to look entirely new. Its material – Core-ten steel – has a lot to do with that. Since it was finished in December 2011, the metal exterior has rusted and weathered beautifully.

No surprise then, that it won best café design at the recent 2012 Eat-Drink-Design Awards. Said the judges: “This project understands the directness of our love affair with the beach, its grainy patina and simple pleasures. It is a singular project, exemplifying the best of the Australian ethos.”


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