Location: Northcote, Melbourne
Project type: Mixed-use/ Residential/ Commercial
Status: Completed 2002
This project required the conversion of a derelict, two storey nineteenth century industrial building, into a ground level furniture workshop and first level residence. Significant structural engineering and rebuilding was required.
An external fire escape stair that wraps around the north-west corner of the building to form a “hanging balconette” was designed. This “hanging balconette” was based on the concept of the industrial hoist. It was designed with a heritage approach in mind - floating the new architecture slightly away from the original, thereby clearly distinguishing the additions from the original building.
The design involved extensive steelwork detailing, which was made to match the original nineteenth century details. All steel work was bolted rather than welded. The walls were designed to accommodate large paintings by the client’s father, artist Andrew Sibley.