- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Shannon McGrath
- Designer Geyer
The Cunningham Pier has been transformed into four sophisticated hospitality venues including The Pier – a function venue catering for up to 1100 people, Baveras – a relaxed fine dining restaurant, City Quarter – a boutique bar, and The Dock Cafe & Chippery – a family cafe.
Each venue has its own distinct brand and personality, offering a diverse experience and catering to a variety of demographics. The design solution frames the 360-degree views of the bay while retaining the weathered beauty and grandeur of the original building.
The entrance to The Pier is on the western side of the facility, through an elegant reception area and intimate ante space. The function area features soaring ceilings and sophisticated AV to create a canvas for a myriad of event designs, while allowing the 360 degree views of Corio Bay to be the star attraction.
Baveras, the restaurant, is set 250m out over Corio Bay on the eastern side of the pier. The design language references luxury yacht interiors and old grandeur with a contemporary twist, utilising sophisticated textiles and intimate lighting to compliment natural materials such as timber and stone.
The Dock Café & Chippery provides a subtle nod to the Cunningham Pier’s history as an operating dock with more casual industrial language and honest use of materials and finishes. The upstairs bar, City Quarter, features a dramatic staircase entry, external decks and an intimate lounging area beside a double-sided fireplace.
Team Geyer: Dana Hutchins, David Spaccatore, Tim Giles, Sue Solly. In collaboration with Andrew Tucker (architectural works) and Ben Luder (lighting design)