The initial brief was to prepare an interpretation plan for the Penders Heritage Site. Subsequent to the adoption of this plan we undertook extensive research to identify themes, images, stakeholder opportunities, design elements, stories and implementation options.
Date: December 2013 – February 2015
Service: Interpretive planning, research, write content, design, mapping, installation design and product sourcing, project manage production and installation
Specs: Interpretive signs only – 20 in total. 2 large interpretive signs to be installed on wharf timbers, 8 small interpretive signs to be installed on wharf timbers, 10 interpretive signs to be installed on CORten. We also created botanical labels, regulatory signage and wayfinding signage.
Interpretation plan – Penders & Myer House heritage site
The Penders interpretive project on the far south coast of NSW was completed in September 2014. As of September 2016 the installation is still to take place – so more pics coming. The short term goals of the interpretation plan were matched to budget restrictions and a suite of interpretive, wayfinding and regulatory signage has been designed. Magnificent wharf timbers are being installed to showcase the interpretive elements and complement the existing structures.
Such a rich cultural heritage site provided endless opportunities for story telling challenging us to be minimalistic in our approach. We determined locations and orientation for all signage along with production methods that were durable in a coastal environment, resistant to vandalism and complimentary to the nature of the site. The interpretive signage will be installed on the 100 year old wharf timbers.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with The Interpretive Design Company over the past 2 years. The project at The Myer House in Mimosa Rocks National Park was massive and had some delicate issues requiring careful handling. From concept plans to design of individual sculptural interpretive installations and even assistance with installation the professionalism demonstrated by yourself and your crew was second to none and made my job so much easier.
Every stage of the process has been exceptionally well handled and we really appreciate the your efforts and patience. Thank you for your new ideas and concepts that we have trialled here, particularly in relation to the mapping. I look forward to working with you all on many more successful projects.
“Helen Hayward, Ranger, Far South Coast Region, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service”
The 20 hectares Penders site is located on the southern coast of NSW at Tanja within Mimosa Rocks National Park. Listed in November 2013 as a place of state significance it comprises a rare suite of modernist buildings and structures designed by the renowned architect Sir Roy Grounds within a setting of great natural beauty. Penders was used by Grounds as an experimental workshop for the exploration of creative structures, and experiments that influenced the evolution of modernist architecture across Australia in the later half of the twentieth century.
The Penders site also has a strong association with Kenneth Myer, member of the prominent Myer retail family. The site demonstrates his ecological aims and interest in the commercial use of native timbers through its partially extant timber plantation and remains of the experimental shed for the Tanolithic timber preservation process.
Large interpretive signs x 2
To be installed on wharf timbers
One of the many concepts for displaying the amazing stories of Sir Roy Grounds escapdes around the Barn and Dome.
Small interpretive signs x 8
To be installed on wharf timbers
10 interpretive signs
To be installed on CORten these signs utilise different colour schemes for different themes. Grounds theme – yellow, Myer theme – green, property theme – orange
As part of the interpretation plan we also researched, mapped and designed wayfinding and regulatory signage.