Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Located in San Francisco’s historic Pier 29, the Waiheke Island Yacht Club is a restaurant inspired by New Zealand, the Hauraki Gulf Island, and its nautical freedom. Designed to incorporate the elements of water and earth as the foundation for a unique culinary and experiential offering.

The space was developed for the 2013 America’s Cup, held against the backdrop of San Francisco’s historic waterfront.

For the duration of the Cup, the WIYC provided not only a world-class dining experience but also a highly-visible platform on which to champion contemporary New Zealand design.

The WIYC employs a palette of materials that speak of New Zealand– shearling lambswool pelts, ironsand cast terrazzo, freshly sawn macrocarpa. This combination was assembled to create a unique environment within the historic built fabric of the Pier 29 building, its exposed timber framing and lofty stud.

For the duration of the Cup, the WIYC provided not only a world-class dining experience but also a highly-visible platform on which to champion contemporary New Zealand design.

Project Details:

The internal floor area is approximately 500m2. The restaurant opened for the 2013 America’s Cup held on the San Francisco waterfront. Fearon Hay’s project team was led by Rufus Knight. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects. Photography is by Michael David Rose.

Recognition:

Winner of the Supreme Award, 2014 Interior Awards (NZ). Jury citation: “Restaurateur Tony Stewart has, together with Fearon Hay Architects, created an environment that typifies the landscape, culture and cuisine of New Zealand.”