The redesign process…

In March 2019 Minderoo invited members of the public to share their ideas for the Indiana site and Cottesloe foreshore.

Initial suggestions from the community included a beachside pool, an arts and cultural hub and a greater variety of food and beverage offerings to cater to all tastes and budgets. The community emphasised the need for further activation of the site, but also the importance of retaining Cottesloe Beach’s existing culture.

11 invited Australian architecture firms reflected on this feedback and developed design concepts for the site. The competition jury, chaired by esteemed WA architect Geoffrey London, selected four finalists. These four designs were then published online for community feedback.

This feedback was collected, and the jury deliberated on the four designs.

“Two islands” and “A form shaped by ocean forces” were judged as the strongest of the proposed new designs by the jury.

The two finalists now have a couple of weeks to provide additional material to support their proposals.

The jury will consider the new information before a final decision is made. Keeping the existing building is still an option Minderoo Group will consider.

In late August, once the additional architectural renders and supporting material are received, Minderoo Group will again be seeking public feedback.

Minderoo will combine both the new renders and the previous images and information from KHA and DBJ and display them for the community.

This next round of feedback will then be collected and considered. Minderoo Group and the jury hope to announce the competition winner in October. Once a winner is decided, Minderoo Group will then begin work on the planning process with the Town of Cottesloe. This will involve further community consultation.

What’s Next?

March – Public asked to share ideas for the future of Indiana site

April – Eleven leading Australian architects invited to participate in the design competition

June – Jury announces four finalists. The finalists review their proposals

July – The four final designs are submitted and published online for public feedback

Early August – The four-week community feedback process closes. The jury announces its two preferred proposals “Two islands” and “A form shaped by ocean forces”

Late August – The final two architects supply additional materials to support their proposals. This information is presented for further community feedback

October (TBC) – Winner announced

October onward – Minderoo Group will begin work on the planning process with the Town of Cottesloe. This will involve further community consultation.   


The jury will consider:

  • Benefit to the community through the provision of a variety of spaces, services and public facilities
  • Design excellence, including the integration of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design
  • Accessibility, including the ease of movement at the site and the provision of safe and accessible service areas for a range of visitor experiences
  • Collaboration, including facilitating the needs of the Surf Life Saving Club’s patrol operations and upgrading the public change rooms and toilets
  • How well each design concepts aligns with the first round of community ideas, and how the public responded to the five concepts

The design concepts

Two Islands

Beach-related hospitality embedded into landscaped terraces with two distinctive pavilions at street level.


LEAD Architect

Durbach Block Jaggers Architects


Durbach Block Jaggers Architects with OHLO Studio and ASPECT Studios (NSW + WA)

Concept includes

  • Beach terrace with bar, casual and alfresco dining and public change rooms
  • Mid-level garden terrace linking to existing grassed terraces, with dining hall containing a bar, a lounge, and a range of dining options
  • Street plaza with curved and tiled canopy over, meeting places for pop up events, a gelateria kiosk
  • Top level with fine dining and function space
  • Pool located at end of groyne

A form shaped by ocean forces

Kerry Hill’s concept features a curved structure hovering over a series of publicly accessible landscaped terraces.


LEAD Architect

Kerry Hill Architects

Competitor team

Kerry Hill Architects with Aspect Studios (WA) and Dangar Barin Smith

Concept includes

  • Beach promenade with lap pool, children’s pool, change rooms, gym and day spa
  • Terrace or mid-level promenade with beach kiosk, covered alfresco terrace and public change rooms
  • Street level promenade with family dining and bar
  • Top level with fine dining and function space

Moordoorup hollowed limestone rock

A landscaped ocean edge offering new public amenities and a singular building with spaces designed to appear as if they are carved out of a solid rock.


Lead architect

Neeson Murcutt Architects

Competitor team

Neeson Murcutt + Neille with Simon Pendal Architect and Sue Barnsley Design
(NSW + WA)

Concept includes

  • ‘Sandy feet’ level with pools, change rooms, and relaxed dining
  • Family level within the hollowed rock, with outdoor public dining, ice cream and coffee
  • Haute level with fine dining
  • Function level with function space and bar, with garden terrace

Cave, ground, canopy and horizon

A design that reflects the western edge condition, epitomised by a rocky headland with the sun setting over the ocean.


Lead architect


Competitor team

Spaceagency and Place Laboratory (WA)

Concept includes

  • Boardwalk level with boatshed, public change rooms and casual eating/drinking
  • Public saltwater pool level with change rooms
  • Plaza level with bar/bistro and alfresco to plaza
  • Function and conference spaces
  • Fine dining
  • Roof terrace with summer bar

A refit of the existing building

The Indiana building could be refitted, while retaining the existing facade. The additional amenity offered by a refit would be limited.

cottesloe beach


  • Restaurant
  • Changing rooms
  • A boatshed facility

The Jury


Jury Chair Geoffrey London

Professor of Architecture at The University of Western Australia

Geoffrey London is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Western Australia and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He was the Western Australia Government Architect from 2004 to 2008 and the Victorian Government Architect from 2008 to 2014.

He is a past President of the Western Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, and a Life Fellow of the Institute. He has acted as a consultant on numerous architectural and urban design projects and has served on and acted as chair of many architectural design award and competition juries.


Andrew Forrest AO

Chairman, Minderoo Group

Industry and philanthropic leader Andrew Forrest grew up on a remote Australian cattle station, Minderoo, before graduating from university and building a career in investment banking, mining and farming. Andrew is Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group and Chairman of the Minderoo Foundation among other significant charities and companies. Some 90 per cent of his time is now invested locally and internationally in ventures to protect and support vulnerable communities


Nicola Forrest AO

Director, Minderoo Foundation

Nicola is the convenor of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, a member of the Telethon Kids Institute CoLab Advisory Council, Valuing Children Initiative Advisory Board, and Governor of the Forrest Research Foundation. Nicola is also the Chair of the Black Swan State Theatre Company, a board member of the Early Years Initiative and, in 2018, was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall Of Fame. Nicola is Patron of the Kimberley Foundation Australia and Impact100 WA and is a Life Governor of Sculpture by the Sea.


Shelley Penn


Shelley Penn is a Melbourne-Based architect, urbanist educator and design advocate. Since 1993 she has combined architectural practice with senior roles advising government and the private sector about design quality in the built environment. Shelley is a tireless champion for better outcomes for all people through improving the quality of urban places.

Shelley is currently the University Architect at Monash University and a member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Projects Victoria and Board of Open House Melbourne. She is also Adjunct Professor in Architecture Practice at Monash and Associate Professor at the Melbourne School of Design, Melbourne University. She frequently serves as a jury/panel chair/member, strategic advisor and expert reviewer for public projects and infrastructure, design competitions and urban project proposals throughout Australia.


Peter Mould

Architect and architecture adviser

Peter Mould was New South Wales Government Architect from February 2006 until January 2012. He has over 35 years’ experience in Australia and overseas in both the private sector and government. Peter is a member of the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel, the Sydney Olympic Park Design Review Panel, the Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel, and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect Design Review Panel.

His projects have received numerous awards for architecture, urban design and adaptive reuse. His experience is in the design, documentation and construction of major public architectural and urban design projects. Peter is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, former Vice President of the NSW Chapter and currently Visiting Professor at the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales.




The Indiana site at Perth’s beautiful Cottesloe Beach has continually evolved to meet the needs of the local community and visitors from all around the world.

The existing Indiana Tea House building was completed in 1996 and is a result of several separate developments since about 1910.

In 1929, the original Indiana Tea House was replaced with the ‘Centenary Pavilion’. 1982 saw the Centenary Pavilion demolished, following advice the foundations of the building were unstable. In 1983 it was replaced by the ‘Cottesloe Beach Pavilion’.

By the early 1990’s, there were growing calls for the facilities at the Pavilion to be expanded. In 1994, a proposal to redevelop the site into the current Indiana Tea House was received. The development saw most of the 1983 pavilion retained, with a restaurant and other features added to the facility.


The community is again calling for the Indiana to better serve its needs. The site is ready for another reimagining. There is significant potential to better activate and utilise the site, bringing more vibrancy to the Cottesloe foreshore while retaining its existing feel.

Minderoo Group is in the process of acquiring the Indiana and has commenced a design competition to explore the potential to re-imagine the site for the benefit of all West Australians.