Sub Base Platypus

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Client

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Services

Exhibition/Installation
Interpretation/Art
Curation/Content
Strategy

Sector

Cultural
Government

SUPERSENSE curated and designed an interpretive exhibition space entry experience at Sub Base Platypus, Neutral Bay Sydney, for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. The exhibition space sits within the redevelopment of the historic 1940s former Torpedo Factory, designed by Turf Landscape Architecture.

Our journey involved extensive research, curation, consultation, and creation of site themes, encompassing the site's First Nations, industrial and Defence stories. We are proud to have partnered with Yerrabingin, an Aboriginal-owned landscape architecture firm, to lead the narrative on Aboriginal stories.

A fundamental interpretation approach for the Torpedo Factory was the integration of salvaged and repatriated objects and in situ heritage features, and it connected stories through curation and design. The 'exhibition' features objects returned to the site from the Navy’s heritage collection at Spectacle Island, including original building signage and a restored torpedo.

Our approach layered object display, screen printing, and interpretive panels over a heritage ‘blast wall’ whilst retaining its patina and traces of past uses.

Landscape Architecture partner

Turf

Fabricator

Iguana

Aboriginal content curation

Yerrabingin
SUPERSENSE curated and designed an interpretive gallery space entry experience at Sub Base Platypus, Neutral Bay Sydney for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. This the redevelopment of the historic 1940s former Torpedo Factory
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SUPERSENSE developed the themes ‘Defend’, ‘Women in the Workforce’, ‘Dangerous Works’ and ‘Community’ to use as lenses for site’s history.
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An innovative floating display of salvaged signage from the site communicates some of the inherent dangers of working with dangerous materials and torpedos.
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The former blast wall retains its heritage patina and features an evocative outdoor exhibition including salvaged objects from the site, imagery and text.
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SUPERSENSE curated and designed an interpretive gallery space entry experience at Sub Base Platypus, Neutral Bay Sydney for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. This the redevelopment of the historic 1940s former Torpedo Factory
+ Read More
SUPERSENSE developed the themes ‘Defend’, ‘Women in the Workforce’, ‘Dangerous Works’ and ‘Community’ to use as lenses for site’s history.
+ Read More
An innovative floating display of salvaged signage from the site communicates some of the inherent dangers of working with dangerous materials and torpedos.
+ Read More
The former blast wall retains its heritage patina and features an evocative outdoor exhibition including salvaged objects from the site, imagery and text.
+ Read More