- Sensitive design that retains the spirit of the place
- Passive solar design principles for an energy efficient warehouse conversion
- Six star energy rating for old factory
- New home with integrated workplace
- Simplified construction to contain cost
This warehouse conversion project was about recognising the spirit of a place. Located opposite a suburban train station and nature reserve, this is a conversion of an old dilapidated printing press into a home with studios for an artist and a musician. The original building formed an integral part of an urban assembly and its recognition by locals but proved to be too deteriorated to be saved. After exploring options of retaining the existing structure, we decided to partly demolish and rebuild the shell as a lightweight structure supported by a steel frame and provides shelter and enclosure for the living area below. The studios were built as commercial spaces which helped to control the construction cost.
Our approach of retaining the spirit of the original fabric continues into the details. The old trusses are reinforced and partially clad, the external walls were insulated but some sections were left and form part of the composition of the internal wall faces. The old windows were replaced with double-glazed timber windows that were detailed to create deep recesses to express the insertion.