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

Over the course of the next five years, the Melbourne studio will refurbish a historical wool factory warehouse factory originally built in 1906. 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 Melbourne—will be transformed into a creative, industrial village with careful consideration and respect for its unique attributes.

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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. The unique vision of Impact Investment Group, the client, values creating developments with a profound social and environmental impact which will entail external and interior upgrades, new infrastructure, complementary landscaping and sustainable functions.

Client

Impact Investment Group

Status

Design Process

Location

Melbourne, Australia

Completion Date

2023

Size

59,000 square meters