Walsh Bay Arts Precinct featuring DecorMilano

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct featuring DecorMilano

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct featuring DecorMilano

February 9 2021

The end of 2020 saw the completion of the refurbishment of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct and Decor Systems was fortunate to have been selected to supply decorative timber panelling throughout.

The revitalisation of the precinct (originally built in 1984), includes;

  • Brand new theatres, rehearsal spaces, studios and administration facilities for all resident companies
  • New stairs, external lifts and balconies, which have been designed as a contemporary interpretation of the original gantries reflecting the precinct’s former industrial heritage
  • Refurbishments to the bar at the end of the Wharf, including re-purposing heritage timber beams to create a new bar top
  • New commercial spaces and retail opportunities
  • Installation of around 900 solar panels greatly enhancing sustainability.

DecorMilano Panels Specified

DecorMilano panels were specified in a white finish with custom grooves and the large continuous panels were used to clad the walls. DecorMilano was also customised to allow for handrail integration. This was done in the Decor Systems workshop in Sydney for ease of install on site. More intricate parts of the staircase hand-rail panels required close collaboration between the architect, contractor and the Decor team.

The clean white finish of the Decor product contrasts beautifully with the original and reclaimed timber that remains from the original build. The marriage of old and new ensures the space feels fresh and modern without completely losing the iconic beauty that these historic wharves are known for.

Walking through the entrance of the new space and down to the dining area, floor to ceiling windows to the right allows for a stunning view of the harbour bridge. The white DecorMilano panels keep the space feeling light and bright whilst managing the sound in what will become a high-traffic thoroughfare once the precinct is open to the public later this month.

Although the official opening has not yet taken place, we stopped by for a quick look.

Stroll with us through the Walsh Bay Cultural Precinct