Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Group has named a shortlist of four architecture firms to guide the redevelopment of Cottesloe’s famous Indiana Tea House.
Minderoo whittled down a panel of 11 architects to four groups – spaceagency and Kerry Hill Architects from Western Australia, and Rachael Neeson and Durbach Block Jaegers from NSW
The four groups’ designs will be shaped by a community consultation process, which received more than 100 suggestions over its nine-week period.
Possible features of the redevelopment include a beachside pool, an arts and cultural hub, an amphitheatre or events space, a boardwalk, increased food and beverage options, and better accessibility.
Minderoo co-founder Nicola Forrest said the group was excited about its progress at the Indiana Tea House, which it was in the process of acquiring from the Town of Cottesloe.
“We’re thrilled the public has responded so enthusiastically to our request for submissions,” she said.
“We’re eager to see how these four outstanding Australian architects incorporate the community feedback into their designs for our beautiful beachfront.”
Minderoo will publish the final four designs on its website before the end of the month, prior to them being judged by a panel including prominent architect Geoffrey London, Mr Forrest, Ms Forrest, Melbourne-based architect Shelley Penn, and former NSW state government architect Peter Mould.
The Indiana Tea House takes its name from an ice-cream parlour built at the site in 1910, while the building that exists now was built in 1996.
Earlier this year, Minderoo took over the lease of the building, which runs until 2041, from Melbourne-based hospitality firm Red Rock Group, which operates Frasers at Kings Park, The Old Brewery, BWG Steakhouse and a host of food and beverage venues at Perth Airport.