On the NSW South Coast this heritage-listed former School of Arts building has been lovingly restored and transformed into the permanent home of the Gerringong Museum.
A sense of place
Working to a very tight time-frame and budget we responded creatively and practically to the project brief.
On a creative level we were inspired by the soaring space and lovely timber of the beautiful old building, and the rainforest mountains and green hills that roll down to the ocean outside. On the practical side, we understood the need for easy ongoing maintenance by the small yet dedicated team of volunteer staff from the local historical society.
We designed simple, contemporary joinery in lime-washed pine and clean white to marry in with the space and the wider coastal setting. We laid a feature colour for each theme onto this pale palette, using colours drawn from the surrounding landscape. Smaller objects were placed on stepped risers inside bench-mounted showcases, while the larger objects are on open display in the centre, bounded and protected by the benches. This placement of objects eliminated the need for specialist mount-making and allows for easy changeover of objects in the future.
The Gerringong Museum is an exciting and stylish regional attraction which gives vibrant new life to a disused building, and showcases a collection put together by generations of the community.