Marrickville Library Interpretation

Curating heritage stories and objects, and crafting sensitive contemporary design, to interpret a former hospital site


Trigger worked with the site’s Interpretation Plan to develop narratives, display objects and interpret key stories about Marrickville Hospital. The buildings and site have been adaptively reused as a new Library and residential development, designed by BVN.

Trigger took design inspiration from the rhomboid shape of the site and the zig-zag shaped roof of the new Library in developing an appropriate and innovative outcome that bridges contemporary and heritage sensibilities. 

Seamlessly reflects the heritage and the contemporary character of the building. The final result is better than I could have imagined.

Alice McMahon – Project Manager, Mirvac

Trigger designed a series of bespoke steel and glass cabinets, object mounts, and cast bronze signage that feature in contemporary and historic spaces. Trigger provided authorship of final interpretive text, sourced heritage photography and selected expert artisans to craft each element.

The adaptive reuse architectural project won five awards at the 2020 NSW  Architecture  Awards. Trigger was engaged by developers for the project, Mirvac, and developed interpretation content and design from an Interpretation Plan by BGA Heritage.