Re-working an "icon": Indiana Tea House

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Oh, how this will divide our town!

Twiggy Forrest yesterday released his first plans for the reimagined up-til-now very much-photographed, yet very much underused Indiana Tea House at Cottesloe Beach.

We’re predicting a riot. Much like Scarborough’s Blue House—which was hated as much for going up, as it was for coming down—we have a feeling we’re going to hear some passionate arguments for why the Tea House should remain in its movie-set state, acting as a fancy photo backdrop, but largely impenetrable to the general public.

Something we all do is attribute emotions or personalities to buildings - but often those tingly feelings exist only in our mind. I mean, when was the last time you went inside the Tea House? What’s even in there now? Actually, what even is it? We ‘love it’ but not enough to use it…

In an attempt to reinvigorate the site, both for locals and the huge number of tourists that visit every year, Mindaroo has acquired the Tea House and has since undertaken a community consultation process calling for feedback on dream uses for the beach-front space. This feedback was then projected through the lens of 11 invited architects, four of which were shortlisted - the designs of which you might have seen in the papers yesterday.

From here, a further consultation process will continue to ensure as much local input (and as few ruffled feathers) as possible. If you are interested in looking at the designs and responding to Mindaroo, they have a feedback application up on their website today.

While the idea of losing the current structure will be a shock for some, Indiana’s mock-heritage facade and lack of current usability (other than by the Cott Surf Lifesaving Club below) make it slightly easier to advocate for its demolition. Plus, the current site has a vibrant history of building-and-rebuilding as it has responded to the changing needs of the community. 1929 saw the original Indiana Tea House transform into the ‘Centenary Pavilion’. In 1982 the Century Pavillon was demolished to make way for the ‘Cottesloe Beach Pavilion’, and in 1994 the CBP was remodelled into the Tea House as we currently know it today. We’re not sure if one of these designs is ‘the one’, but we do agree it’s time for another iteration, one which reflects both Cottesloe’s position as a best-beach-in-the-world-beach, and enables an inclusive and dynamic usage for the site.

Bring on a fresh stack of bricks we say (plus an ocean pool, and some nice, well-designed, interesting places to meet and spend time)!

See ya next week,

SM x


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Spaceagency and Place Laboratory’s vision for the Indiana site


Fremantle Festival— 10 Nights in Port, 12-21 Jul

There’s still eight days to go but tickets are selling fast to Fremantle’s ‘10 Nights in Port’ Festival which kicks off on Jul 12. We’ve included a link to the program below, and there’s a huge amount of both free and ticketed events, workshops and performances to take part in over the course of the ten days (and nights!).

10 Nights in Port: Program, booking links and more


Bugai, The Goods Shed, Thu 4 Jul, 6pm-9pm

“A storyteller in gesture, colour, and subtlety: Bugai Whyoulter is an internationally acclaimed pujiman (desert-born) artist, from Kunawarritji (Well 33) in Western Australia’s Pilbara.

Communicating the landmarks, landscapes and ancestral stories of her Country, Bugai’s work is held in the collections at Queensland Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Museum of Australia. In association with Martumili Artists, FORM presents Bugai, a solo exhibition of significant recent and historical works showing why Bugai’s artwork continues to resonate across
cultures, generations and borders.” via FORM

If you’re looking to attend, let FORM know via

The Good Shed, Cnr Shenton Road and Claremont Crescent, Claremont


Abstracted and the launch of the new Flux Gallery, Fri 5 Jul, 5pm-6:30pm

On our of newest tenants, artist Gera Woltjer, tomorrow night takes part in the launch of the much-anticipated Flux Gallery: a new visual arts space initiative from The Perth Centre for Photography. Located within the Kings Street Arts Centre the seasonal gallery plans to present “a range of visual arts organisations and individuals alongside PCP’s photographic arts program”. The gallery’s inaugural show, Abstracted, has been curated by Sandra Murray and includes a stellar line-up of sculptor Jennifer Cochrane, ceramicist Tom Freeman, painters Chris Hopewell and Ian Williams, and installations by Gera Woltjer.

King Street Arts Centre, 357 - 365 Murray St, Perth

The incredible work of senior Martu artist Bugai Whyoulter. Her solo exhibition ‘BUGAI’ open tonight at The Good Shed, Claremont


We’ll use this section to share some tidbits we’ve come across the last week from you, our tenants, and the www.

+ Have you visited The Architect’s Bookshop in Sydney by any chance? People keep telling us about it and I’m pretty sure if you’re archi-nerds like us it sounds like dream HQ. Let us know if you go.

+ This ABC article was interesting, asking people to estimate in which income bracket they sat compared to other Australians. Surprisingly, (or unsurprisngly?) most people got it wrong… Results here.

+ Via The Guardian this week: Use Compostable Plastic and 16 Other Essential Rules of Effective Recycling

+ Assemble Papers latest issue, Transitions, has some wonderful reading about cities — aka our favourite thing:

Cascoland Kolenkit: Global Issues, Local Contexts “The neighbourhood of Kolenkit is not the sort of Amsterdam found in tourist brochures. But, in 2010, a group of community artists moved into “the most problematic neighbourhood in the Netherlands” and started working to improve Kolenkit’s title. Rob Snelling tells the story of a community repaired with art and ingenuity.”

Holzmarkt: How Business Hippies Reinvented Berlin “The development of Holzmarkt has shown that Berlin is capable of both imagining and creating places of social cooperation. Once organisers of illegal raves, a group of friends are now building a whole new district; and with it, reimagining the city’s future”

+ How to design a park that deters crime via City Lab: “Research on the connections between green space and criminal activity finds that park design and programming determines their impact on crime and safety.”


MANY North Freo
We have two spaces available in our MANY North Freo warehouse (one 55sqm & one 35sqm). Rent includes three-phase power, rubbish collection, and water, AND you get to work amongst a super bunch of other local makers. Other benefits include high ceilings, great access and, a short walk over Leighton footbridge; you’re at the beach!

Plus, we’ve also had someone get in touch about a stunning 400sqm heritage-listed building near Fremantle. Freshly painted, brilliant location, kitchenette, gorgeous natural light, public transport nearby. If you’re looking for something of this size or style let me know at

**DON’T FORGET — we still have some new Freo spaces coming up soon! Please register your interest so we can keep you in the loop.

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We’d always love to hear from you about any and all of the interesting things you’ve got going on.

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