Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation | Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation | Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects | Photographer: Brett Boardman

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Bondi Pavilion Restoration and Conservation | Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Bidjigal, Birrabirragal and Gadigal people
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Heritage
Public Architecture
Sustainable Architecture
Builder
Buildcorp Interiors
Photographer
Brett Boardman
Wolfgang Ripberger
Project summary

The Bondi Pavilion, designed by Robertson Marks Architects in the Inter-War Mediterranean Style, has been an iconic Bondi Beach landmark since 1929.

The condition of the building had degraded over time due to the harsh marine environment, and intrusive additions had led to a loss of significance. The project sought to achieve best practice heritage conservation outcomes. Original building fabric was retained and conserved, whilst intrusive additions were removed to restore the building’s symmetry. Works included structural repairs to the brickwork, render and timber joinery repairs, reconstruction of moulded elements, restoration of painted murals and new Cordova patterned terracotta roof tiles.

A wide range of community uses are accommodated within the building including a Bondi Story Room, along with food and beverage offerings. The colonnaded courtyards provide adaptable, vibrant public spaces suitable for both relaxation and events with a ground plane that interprets the pattern of the original dressing sheds.

National Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Heritage
Shortlist – Public Architecture
2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Heritage
Award for Public Architecture
Shortlist – Heritage
Shortlist – Public Architecture
Shortlist – Sustainable Architecture

In the short time since its completion, the revitalised Pavilion has brought the residents of Waverley and visitors together, enhancing the community experience as well as attracting tourists, beachgoers and artists to this famous landmark.

TZG’s innovative solutions to our brief met the modern day demands of our 90-year-old unofficial town hall, overcoming a challenging restoration, whilst ensuring the site’s character was celebrated through strategic design moves and considered heritage choices.

Features like the interactive Bondi Story room, the building’s certified 5 Star Greenstar rating and wide range of high-quality facilities have contributed to the real success of the Pav.

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