The sun beating down, the breeze off the sea, ice-cream and sandcastles. Yes, there’s loads of great things about the seaside, especially the Australian seaside where we’re calling at for a skinny latte and a double shot of design to get us pumped up for a bit of death-defying wave riding.
The coastline in question is Torquay Beach, the surf capital of the Victoria territory (not the English Riviera), and the venue is the purposefully weather-beaten Third Wave Kiosk by Tony Hobba Architects. As anyone with a car of a certain vintage will tell you, salt air does play merry hell with metal, so it’s a shrewd move to construct the coffee shop with a rusty finish already applied, as well as helping it to blend in with the rugged coastline that forms its backdrop, and the walls of the sculptural kiosk have been contoured to reflect the undulating dunes and craggy landforms around it. A blend as good as the coffee being poured.