Former 100-Year-Old Wool Factory in Melbourne Will Convert Into a Community-Focused Commercial Site

Once home to the Younghusband Woolstore, this diverse historical, warehouse factory built in 1906 will be refurbished over the course of the next five years with careful consideration and respect for its unique attributes. Integrating a mix of education, arts, food, production, co-warehousing and co-working space, the precinct in Kensington, which spans over two inner city blocks in the southeastern suburb of Sydney, will be transformed into a creative, industrial village.

The site includes a diverse collection of 19th-century industrial brick buildings linked by bluestone laneway. This diversity is a rich condition that demands a 'touch lightly' approach whereby the design aims to respect the past while also innovating for the future. This involves adding only what needs to be added, while only removing what is necessary. The unique vision of Impact Investment Group, the client, values creating developments with a deep social and environmental impact which will entail external and interior upgrades, new infrastructure, complementary landscaping and sustainable functions.



Impact Investment Group


Melbourne, Australia


59,000 sq m


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