This three level conversion aims to uphold the open nature of the subdivided
warehouse space. The new architectural components attempt to recede within
the existing shell, and the subdued palate has been chosen to highlight the
original elements and structure of the building, including steel windows,
staircases and trusses. The use of partitions has been kept to a minimum to
promote connection and interaction as well as allow daylight and airflow to
stream throughout the open living areas.
The site conditions presented a linear space with large masonry party walls
running east-west and all existing fenestration constrained to the two adjacent
ends. The internal elements were leftovers from the previous uses as a dance
studio and office; simple ad-hoc additions huddled towards an existing
services stack in one corner. The overriding sensation was of an open and
brightly lit volume with strong vertical connection.
The clients brief was to insulate the envelope to a higher thermal and acoustic
performance, while maintaining the simple appeals of the space. The
proposed program was based around the needs of a couple who live alone,
their children having left home. This helped to relax notions of screening,
allowing the openness of the living spaces to permeate further into the private
The environmental initiatives of this project lie primarily in passive systems.
The existing building fabric was retained in its entirety, with new insulation
added to the existing ceiling and walls. The new additions are reductive and
functional in nature, with all new planning based around existing façade
openings to maximise natural light and cross ventilation. Additionally, two new
operable skylights create a thermosiphon within the building to aid with
circulation and passive cooling.