Architecture type: Residential
Location: Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia
Reflecting the bohemian ambience of its location in inner Melbourne, this project revitalises and converts a former two-storey factory into 22 individual apartment units. Pains were taken to retain the industrial character of the building’s heritage, with new openings punctuating the existing brick factory walls to create pockets of surprise.
The front building has been designed to function like a propylaeum, with filtered views of a ‘secret garden’ through a mesh of arched gateways. Facades are tiered back to ensure privacy and maximum daylight penetration into the courtyard. The result is an organic mixture of forms that respect the history of its site while also providing the occupants with a sense of delight.
2005 RAIA (Residential - Multiple Award) Nominated