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Mission Bay Pavilion: A Modern, Color-Packed Addition to Auckland’s City Beach

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Mission Bay Pavilion: A Modern, Color-Packed Addition to Auckland’s City Beach

April 10, 2018

Overlooking the city beach in Auckland, New Zealand, the historic Melanesian Mission building once served as the dining hall, kitchen, and storehouse for an Anglican boys college. Today, with the help of Herbst Architects and Katie Lockhart Studio, the building’s footprint has been extended to include a modern restaurant and outdoor dining courtyard. The original stone building, constructed in 1859 from basalt from nearby Rangitoto Island, now has a modern addition featuring cedar slats, blackened steel, gabion walls, creative color, and more. It’s called Mission Bay Pavilion; here’s a look at the design.

Photography by David Straight, courtesy of Katie Lockhart Studio.

The pavilion windows open up in warmer months. The interior timber is Spotted Gum, facing beams are laminated pine, and the deck is Kwlia decking timber.
Above: The pavilion windows open up in warmer months. The interior timber is Spotted Gum, facing beams are laminated pine, and the deck is Kwlia decking timber.
Inside, Lockhart opted for durable surfaces (Mission Bay is Auckland’s busiest beach) like painted wood, powder-coated steel, laminate, and Sunbrella fabric. The banquettes are upholstered in Tresco Brick Sunbrella Fabric.
Above: Inside, Lockhart opted for durable surfaces (Mission Bay is Auckland’s busiest beach) like painted wood, powder-coated steel, laminate, and Sunbrella fabric. The banquettes are upholstered in Tresco Brick Sunbrella Fabric.
Lockhart had Michael Thonet Era Chairs custom colored in Clay, a shade from her own paint collaboration with Drikolor. The upholstered seat pads are done in Sunbrella Tresco Brick to match the banquettes.
Above: Lockhart had Michael Thonet Era Chairs custom colored in Clay, a shade from her own paint collaboration with Drikolor. The upholstered seat pads are done in Sunbrella Tresco Brick to match the banquettes.
The lights are off-the-shelf glass globes from Bardsleys Lighting & Design that Lockhart modified with a brass fitting, rod, and attachment.
Above: The lights are off-the-shelf glass globes from Bardsleys Lighting & Design that Lockhart modified with a brass fitting, rod, and attachment.
Pillars throughout the restaurant are lacquered in Everyday Needs Clay paint with laminate tops to match the dining tables. The vintage vase seen here was sourced from Babelogue in Auckland and the dried arrangement is by Muck Floral.
Above: Pillars throughout the restaurant are lacquered in Everyday Needs Clay paint with laminate tops to match the dining tables. The vintage vase seen here was sourced from Babelogue in Auckland and the dried arrangement is by Muck Floral.
Katie Lockhart Studio worked closely with architects Lance and Nicky Herbst to design the interiors, including the custom cabinets done in Spotted Gum.
Above: Katie Lockhart Studio worked closely with architects Lance and Nicky Herbst to design the interiors, including the custom cabinets done in Spotted Gum.
The slatted back of the custom cabinets lets in light and mimics the building’s facade.
Above: The slatted back of the custom cabinets lets in light and mimics the building’s facade.
Cabinets are stocked with glassware, tall stainless steel pitchers, and ceramic pitchers by potter Peter Collis that are hand-painted by artist Tracey Tawhiao.
Above: Cabinets are stocked with glassware, tall stainless steel pitchers, and ceramic pitchers by potter Peter Collis that are hand-painted by artist Tracey Tawhiao.
More custom cabinetry, this time with laminate fronts—Laminex Teal—and brass details.
Above: More custom cabinetry, this time with laminate fronts—Laminex Teal—and brass details.
The table tops are made of Spotted Gum laminate tops in Teal from Laminex. Lockhart powder-coated the bases in Dulux Denim Blue. On each table are Duralex Gigogne Tumblers and Peugeot 5-Inch Pepper Mills.
Above: The table tops are made of Spotted Gum laminate tops in Teal from Laminex. Lockhart powder-coated the bases in Dulux Denim Blue. On each table are Duralex Gigogne Tumblers and Peugeot 5-Inch Pepper Mills.
Lockhart designed the freestanding benches; for the cushions, she experimented with different stripe combinations, but opted for a classic, wide blue-and-white stripe.
Above: Lockhart designed the freestanding benches; for the cushions, she experimented with different stripe combinations, but opted for a classic, wide blue-and-white stripe.
The restaurant addition is designed with cedar slats, blackened steel, and a gabion wall foundation. See the restaurant courtyard and surrounding landscape design by Lockhart&#8
Above: The restaurant addition is designed with cedar slats, blackened steel, and a gabion wall foundation. See the restaurant courtyard and surrounding landscape design by Lockhart’s brother, Jared Lockhart, on Gardenista.

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