“Whether a casual poolside gathering or a languid dip in the ocean, Australians are an enthusiastically amphibian people,” explains the CCA design team.
The elegant scheme tells the story of Sydney’s intimate relationship with the water through observant detail. Iconic local landmark significant to Sydney’s avid bathing culture – think Bondi Icebergs, the Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Pool, the city’s many picturesque sea baths, as well as the scenic Bondi to Bronte trail – are longingly referenced within the new signature store.
“Each material is selected to express a particular feeling of place,” explain the architects. “The interior is skimmed in a grey-green pebble mix, a robust granular surface evocative of the rocky shorelines.”
The grey-green pebbles line the interior walls and ceiling as if the store were an upside-down pool, making for a deeply immersive experience. Seats emerge as contoured pool-steps; coved corners and recessed niches evoke shoreline grottos; luscious greenery spouts from the depths.
Soft, coved corners and recessed niches emphasise the design’s
Equally grounding and dividing the space is a central island, housing an extruded vessel which spans its length. The sand-coloured
10 points from us all round.