New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/10A - Page 101

Left:An internal bar area can be walled off with bifolding doors to double as a quiet meeting room. Patterned vinyl wallpaper adds to the vibe and is easy to clean. Lower left:Giant skylights flood light into the heart of the interior. Below:Centre of attention – a dramatic ceiling treatment signals the location of the bar. Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Joe Barbitta The cabana theme is continued indoors, with six similar booths in bright colours, and two bench-size versions for larger groups. The angular lines of the huts are picked up in the geometric furniture, and in the white sculpted heads that double as tables in the bar area and poolside. Adding to the lively aesthetic, a zigzag carpet pattern and a ceramic tile, in a complementary herringbone layout, cover most of the floor. The tile has the casual look of weathered timbers, appropriate to the seaside location. Sculptural ceiling treatments contribute to the playful, beachy vibe too, their fluid lines calling to mind the waves and shoreline. A dropped waveform slatted ceiling signals the bar service space, and skylights draw in natural light in key areas. Despite its recreational feel, the venue caters to a business clientele as well. There are three main indoor areas, the bar, the dining area and a second bar space that can be enclosed with bifolding doors and used as a private, soundproof function room. This has its own decorative pool, separate from but in direct alignment with the open-air pool, offering another clearly visible indoor-outdoor connection. The Matisse Beach Club’s location had an influence on the choice of materials, too. Besides the durable, non-slip floor tiles, compressed fibre cement weatherboards were specified to combine good looks with durability – a must in the potentially damaging salt-laden air. Tinted, angled windows mitigate glare from the sand and ocean, and motorised sashless windows moderate onshore sea breezes. “Alive with LED lights, blue water reflections, swaying palms