Woy Oh Woy!

Bergstrom Architects bring style to a once-sleepy Central Coast hotel.

Story: Christopher Holder
The Bayview Hotel:
2-16 The Boulevarde, Woy Woy NSW 2256
(02) 4341 2088 or

Partners Gary Narvo, Peter and Jordan Harris are on a roll. In quick succession they’ve identified three amazingly-positioned, underperforming pubs; spent the necessary dough and given them a new lease on life.

Last year it was The Lakes Hotel (in The Entrance), this year it’s The Bayview Hotel in Woy Woy, and now they’ve turned their reno gaze to The Jesmond in Newcastle.

Driving the refits are Bergstrom Architects and Fourway Projects Constructions.

“We’ve run pubs for many years,” reflected Gary Narvo, “so you know where you need venue entrances, toilet facilities, bars, the TAB etc; you know that the kitchen has to be in the right place for efficiency and service. So we had a firm idea of the floor plan we wanted, but Bergstrom Architects fine-tuned it to another level, then added their layering, which surpassed anything we could imagine.”


The new-look Bayview pub rejuvenates the traditional corner local that sits on a prominent position of the entrance to Woy Woy overlooking Brisbane Water.

Central to the renovation was the creation of an all-weather beer garden, a new bar and an extension to the bistro, all finished in a manner that has surprised and delighted locals and visitors alike — it’s like nothing else in the area.

Work began by demolishing the old-school extensions from yesteryear; the old bottle shop; and the previous beer garden. In its place Bergstrom Architects created a sculptural entry feature and a fun, dynamic all-weather beer garden structure. The transformation is stark: now the pub’s curved stair feature greets vehicles driving across Brisbane Water into Woy Woy. As night falls, the backlit signage almost acts like a lighthouse beacon.


the spend is justified. We didn’t skimp and I’ve no doubt it’ll pay dividends for many years to come


Inspired by the idea of laneway bars, Bergstrom Architects employed a lot of recycled materials, from recycled brickwork to reclaimed timber bar tops. The architecture is intentionally raw and unfinished, there’s the exposed concrete structure of the new extension with rustic lighting and casual furniture. B Seated Global took care of all the furniture including custom tiled tables.

“Bergstrom Architects were great throughout the design process. I was especially happy with the project mood board they came up with,” recalled Gary Narvo. “We’re one of those clients that know what we like when we see it, so to have the mood boards with the colours, materials and textures on it, really helped us through the process. We would provide our feedback and the Bergstrom team would come back with the appropriate changes: ‘here’s the leather for the banquettes; here’s the wall tile...’  it allowed us to picture the entire project before they’d laid a brick — we knew what we were getting.”

The build itself was a significant upheaval but Fourway Projects pulled out all stops to allow the pub to trade through.

“How much did it cost? We invested a considerable amount,” responded Gary Narvo judiciously. “But the spend is justified. We didn’t skimp and I’ve no doubt it’ll pay dividends for many years to come.

“Fourways is a great builder and their build costs were pretty close to the original estimates. If anything it’s the structural engineering reports that can sneak up on you.”  


Bergstrom Architects:
(02) 8920 1499 or

Fourway Projects: (02) 9542 8451


Ania Bergstrom: “Halfway into the design process the client’s brief changed to include a request to secure the entire beer garden and to lock up the new bar when not in use. This request proved to be a catalyst for us to completely rethink how to design such security measures in a manner that enhances rather compromises the original look. In the bar area we added a large custom-made sliding metal screen. It’s unapologetically hung from a structural beam and acts as a dynamic sculptural element both when closed and open. Similarly in the beer garden we have hydraulic tilt-up screens that, when open, look like rustic butterfly wings.”