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.
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.