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Technē captures casual coastal decadence at adjoining Kirra venues

Technē captures casual coastal decadence at adjoining Kirra venues


On a popular surf break spot on the southern Gold Coast are two distinct yet complementary new hospitality venues: Kirra Beach Hotel and Kirra Beach House.

Designed by Melbourne-based studio Technē Architecture + Interior Design, the two venues recently opened in the Queensland town of Kirra as part of the stage one completion of Kirra Point Precinct, which aims to serve locals and visitors alike.

Stage one encompasses a sold-out residential tower, alongside new architecture and extensive interior refurbishments to both hospitality venues. According to Technē, it sets the foundation for the client’s vision of a mixed-use development that preserves the character of Kirra’s coastal lifestyle, and builds and reinforces community, while driving economic growth. 

Technē’s co-founding director Justin Northrop says Kirra Beach Hotel and Kirra Beach House fuses the practice’s understanding of food and beverage design with the needs of the development and its clientele. 

“While the two venues stand as separate offerings, our approach focused on bridging both properties through the creation of context-specific design solutions and touchpoints that complement the broader narrative and speak authentically to the unique community mix,” he says.

Kirra Beach Hotel

Holding the ground floor, corner position on Marine Parade and Miles Street, the new 1300-square-metre Kirra Beach Hotel is a vibrant family-friendly bistro with a legacy as the centrepiece of the Kirra Point community. 

Technē associate Bianca Baldi says its relaxed and friendly characteristics still hold in the venue’s new surf culture stylings. The warm colour palette of blues, greens and accents of yellow mirrors the transition of landscape – from ocean waters to the sandy beach and hinterland – while the layered materiality inspires a “nostalgic yet welcoming and comfortable” atmosphere. Soaring five-metre ceilings and wide-open windows paired with layers of tiling, timber and greenery also lend themselves to the generous laidback beach lifestyle. 

Multiple interior zones within the venue – including a kids’ area, public bar, sports bar and a boutique bottle shop – open up on all sides to maximise connection to external areas like the beer garden and terrace. With views over a popular point break, Technē’s design draws in the culture that defines Kirra, with iconic surfing memorabilia adorning the walls and signed boards taking pride of place above the main bar. 

“The celebration of Kirra’s local community spirit continues at Kirra Beach House, with design choices anchored by the sprawling scenic views and a desire to extrapolate the beachside culture into one of casual decadence,” Baldi says. 

Kirra Beach House

Kirra Beach House sits directly above the hotel on the second level. The 1200-square-metre space features a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, wine and cocktail bars, and thoughtfully designed event spaces catering to various group sizes and occasions. 

An expansive terrace wraps around the whole venue, hosting three 20-person beach-style cabanas, designated lounge areas for DJs and live music, and a range of high and low seating. The western terrace has a green outlook onto the Norfolk pines and cascading foliage, and can be broken into four bookable spaces, including an Asado BBQ, kitchen and bar.

The light-filled spaces strategically frame unobstructed views of Kirra Beach and beyond to the Broadbeach city skyline and Surfers Paradise. These views are complemented by a refined palette of deep forest greens, yellows and neutral tones that drive the venue’s contemporary yet sophisticated ambience. 

“Double-glazed doors and windows along the façade also open up completely to the terrace – opening up the space for people and the surrounding environment to free flow between them,” Baldi says. 

“Functionally, we have also anchored the main bar in the middle to serve both sides, which assists staff operationally when moving across serving zones, while helping to influence the flow and connection of diners to the space and scenes.” 

Technē’s multi-functional design at Kirra Beach Hotel and Kirra Beach House creates a customer experience that is welcoming and meaningfully grounded in the local context. 

Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones.

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