Tanner Kibble Denton Architects

Dawn Fraser Baths

Wangal Country / Balmain
Inner West Council

The Dawn Fraser Swimming Pool is the nation’s oldest post-1788 tidal pool. Construction began in 1882 with adjustments continuing until the present; the pool’s surrounding timber structure is of great historic significance. Changes in the tides and sea levels of Sydney Harbour led to flooding, leaving the pool in a dilapidated state. More flooding is expected so Council chose to reconstruct the southern pavilion one metre above the original boardwalk. Lifting the structure required recording, careful dismantling and assessment of the timbers so it could be meticulously reconstructed from new and salvaged timber. A new entrance, change rooms and lighting now improve the amenity of the pool.

Photography: Arthur Vay
Publications: https://thefifthestate.com.au/urbanism/climate-change-news/tkd-architects-dawn-fraser-baths-takes-home-heritage-awards-for-climate-awareness/


AIA NSW Architecture Awards. The Award in the Heritage - Conservation Category
NSW National Trust Heritage Awards- Adaptive Reuse Commendation
NSW National Trust Heritage Awards- President's Award
NSW Master Builders Association Award for Restoration / Adaptive Re-Use of a Historical Building