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Case Study

Cape Byron Lighthouse Museum Heritage Cabinetry Improvements

Project Details

Customised protective displays to add to heritage cabinetry for museum artefacts at the heritage-listed Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Feature materials

Dome nuts Hand-painted black patina finish
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Screen Perspex
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Timber Hoop Pine

We were approached by National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW to create additional space to store important artefacts at Cape Byron’s iconic heritage-listed Lighthouse. As the caretakers of the lighthouse, the client needed to be able to safely add small artefacts to the existing heritage cabinetry displays.

The lighthouse was constructed in 1901. As part of the brief, we were not allowed to interfere with the existing heritage shelving or brickwork. We were also asked to use Hoop Pine to match the existing cabinetry. You will notice the colour tones do not currently match as the new materials have not oxidised and matured yet.

The level of sensitivity required for this heritage cabinetry job could not be underestimated. To protect the heritage-listed items, we prototyped various design concepts along the way. These plans were submitted for approval before construction. This project was a classic example of our ability to meet a delicate brief while innovating on an existing build.

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Cape Byron Lighthouse Museum Heritage Cabinetry Improvements