The National Trust WA is to be congratulated for the well-executed restoration of Gallop House; the partnerships developed to ensure its long-term viability as a composer’s residency; and for using the restoration as an education and training opportunity for practitioners.
Two-storey Gallop House, overlooking the Swan River in Nedlands, is one of only a few intact examples of colonial residences in Perth. Gallop House had been maintained as a residence and was in fair condition, but was in urgent need of refurbishment and new facilities. Managed by the National Trust of Western Australia, it is now home to the Prelude Program, providing a home and work space for musical composers on an annual basis.
The project has brought together organisations from across Australia to conserve, interpret and refurbish the 1870s house and grounds as part of a national composer-in-residence program.
The adaptive re-use project has brought sustainable outcomes to a State Registered place and outstanding social benefits to the Western Australian community.
Fabrik was contracted to perform all aspects of the Interpretation Design, including Project Management, Fabrication and Installation. Conventional didactic panels gave way to content stencilled and engraved directly onto the fabric of the building, allowing the historical material to become part of the house rather than sitting on top as an extra interpretive layer. This submersive approach allowed for quiet interpretation, an aid for the creative process of the Artists in Residence.