• Wylies baths, heritage, pool
  • Wylies baths, heritage, pool
  • Wylies baths, heritage, pool
  • Wylies baths, heritage, pool
  • Wylies baths, heritage, pool
  • Wylies baths, heritage, pool
  • Wylies baths, heritage, pool

Wylie’s Baths

Coogee, Sydney, NSW, Australia

data, awards, description

Coogee Beach and Wylie’s Baths have been immortalised in the paintings of celebrated Australian artists such as Arthur Streeton and Jeffrey Smart. The cultural significance of Wylie’s Baths does not reside in the architecture or fabric of the baths but the space they occupy in local history and community memory.

The unsafe condition of the pool structure forced the closure of the baths in the 1970s and again in the 1990s. It was only a matter of time before the baths heritage significance was recognised with National Trust and stage heritage listings. Randwick Council engaged Allen Jack+Cottier to restore dignity to the baths and ensure their public accessibility once again.

Allen Jack+Cottier’s grasp of the baths’ unique sense of place led to a decision to retain the essence of the place without slavish attempts to preserve the original and early fabric. The perennial conservation arguments about ‘fabric verses place’ informed the design approach which was to blur the boundaries between old and new.

During 2000, a small extension was made to the kiosk to house a caterer’s kitchen.

  • Date
    1994, 2000
  • original structure
    1907
  • Heritage Listing
    State Heritage Register National Trust of Australia
  • Awards
  • 1995
    Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)
    NSW Greenway Award for Restoration

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