The upgrade of Nielsen Park’s Heritage Western Toilet Block and Women’s Eastern Toilet Block has picked up two awards at Woollahra Design Excellence Awards 2019 – winning both the Heritage category as well as People’s Choice. The Heritage category was judged by a panel of independent, expert judges consisting of Michael Heenan, Bruce Pettman and Caroline Pidcock; and the People’s Choice Award was determined by the highest amount of public votes at the conclusion of People’s Choice voting period.
We are very honoured to have been a part of this amazing achievement by supplying the printed glass centrepieces for the project.
Nielsen Park is a heritage-listed historic site that demonstrates a rich and diverse range of uses spanning pre-European settlement to the present. As the traditional lands of the Birrabirragal indigenous people, the park is also associated with a number of notable colonial figures, including William Wentworth, author, barrister, landowner, and statesman; the Reeve family who built the Greycliffe estate and, with noted mid-19th century architect and surveyor, John F. Hilly who designed Greycliffe and its outbuildings.
Niesen Park Reserve includes Shark Beach, a historically iconic bathing location, and this significant heritage is celebrated throughout the refurbishment of Nielsen Park through the use of printed glass. Early black-and-white photos of families and friends enjoying the park were sourced from the National Archives and printed onto glass to be installed as functional art pieces such as doors, shower screens and wall décor.
This is consistent with the renovation of other facilities in the park such as Steele Point Cottage, where printed glass with historical photos were installed as kitchen splashbacks to provide modern conveniences while preserving the original feel of the building.
Architect John Cockings commented that “the end results with the printed glass pieces were perfect.”