The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW

The Glasshouse is the region’s premier arts, entertainment and cultural centre, and also houses the offices of Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

Delivered during the building’s construction, our commission included detailed analysis and strategy for the management of user groups and presentation of the site’s unique history, resulting in a comprehensive wayfinding system, and static and interactive interpretive displays.

Interpretative elements included the presentation of archaeological artefacts, information and archival document displays, touchscreens and the integration of interpretive floor inlays as permanent architectural features.

As lead consultant, JDA managed a creative team which included specialist heritage and conservation consultants, to develop the thematic context and delivery of interpretative displays.

The project scope included overall concept design, artwork documentation, mounting of historical artefacts, copywriting, photographic retouching, production management, and installation of signage and touchscreens.

The wayfinding strategy was extensive; managing multiple user groups of diverse age, visitation purpose and accessibility needs, within the environment of the arts and entertainment centre, local government offices, tourist information bureau, regional art gallery, retail outlet, café and heritage interpretive centre.