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Printed Glass Photos for Restoration of Nielsen Park

By May 28, 2019 No Comments

Printed glass photos are the perfect solution for setting a mood or adding a personal touch to a space. As it is completely customisable, it is easy to preserve your chosen photos in a long-lasting and aesthetic way that is also easy to maintain.

Our favourite project using digital glass printing for photography is the restoration of Nielsen park in Vaucluse, NSW. Carfax and JCA Architects are doing a fantastic job at refurbishing the infrastructure there, and we are lucky enough to be a supplier on the exciting project.

Steele Point Cottage, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse
As seen on 7 News, Steele Point Cottage was built in 1880 as a gunner’s barracks, and has now been converted to a self-contained cottage by the seaside that the public can book as accommodation.

Glass printed splashback with historical photos and retro styled stripes for restoration project as seen on TV
Glass printed splashback for restoration project in Nielsen Park as seen on Seven News
Glass printed splashback for kitchen as seen on TV on seven news

The design team provided historical photos of Nielsen Park and set them against a background of retro stripes that helped to retain the original colour scheme of the place. This was easily printed onto glass from a digital image file, and the result is spectacular. Now visitors can be educated on a rare piece of Australian history, while be offered the modern conveniences of a durable and easily cleaned kitchen in a cottage with multi-million dollar harbour views.

Shark Beach, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse – Men’s Toilet Block
The men’s toilet block at Shark Beach in Nielsel Park was refurbished in a similar way. As an exterior project, printed glass offered the optimal solution for displaying public art as it is weather-proof and can withstand the external conditions by the beach. Just as importantly, it looks awesome! The lights installed at the top of the glass adds an extra glow to the project whilst making it visible in the dark.

Gleaming waters at Shark Beach Vaucluse just behind digitally ceramic printed glass with LED backlit by Visual Glass Tech
LED backlit decorative ceramic printed glass by Visual Glass Tech for Vaucluse local Council showcasing historical photos
Displaying a piece of history at Shark Beach Vaucluse as part of historical restoration project by Local Council

Shark Beach, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse – Female Showers

The females showers block has also been upgraded using printed glass photos. Given that the ink has permanently fused to the glass, its waterproof properties make it an ideal material to decorate shower screens with. The historical photos once again allow visitors to step back in time while also providing for privacy for patrons to shower peacefully.

The process was simple. The builders had passed on the architect’s drawings and measurements. We then provided a proof for approval and tweaked it until it was granted. After that, the design was printed onto glass and toughened. It was then ready to be picked up and installed.

Printed Glass Shower Screen
Mock-up of historical photography to be printed for nielsen park in women's glass shower screen
Printed Glass Shower Screen

As you can see, depending on the design chosen, the mood of the space can easily be influenced using printed glass. While the cottage and shower blocks look vintage, the toilet blocks look modernised, based on the different colour schemes and styles used.