GW Performance Crossfit Gym
Currently under construction, this CrossFit gym facility by Workshop Architecture is wedged near South Yarra’s Jam Factory shopping centre between Garden Street and the train line. It retains the masonry shell of a 1960s industrial building, whilst adding an additional floor plus upper level mezzanine. The facility lifts the aesthetic standard and amenity usually associated with gyms of this type, while maintaining a sense of toughness. New bathrooms, an ice bath, changing rooms, massage and other facilities will be provided, plus deep profiled metal cladding and a folded dart-like roof will come to an arrowhead at the northwest corner, where full height windows will capture views of the train line and cityscape beyond.
Photo credit: Workshop Architecture
RotheLowman, together with Little Projects, recently completed a mixed use development off Lygon Street in Brunswick East. The project comprises residential apartments, townhouses, commercial offices, a childcare facility and outdoor play areas. In various ways the project pays homage to its former life as the Tip Top bakery.
The site’s original 1940s heritage façade has been retained, while six new and distinct blocks (named Stables, Seeds, Silo, Rye, Malt and Grain) have been located and designed to allow greater pedestrian access through the site. Extensive landscaping connects the development’s public outdoor spaces and racks for more than 2015 bicycles included in once outdoor space reserved for residents.
Photo credit: Scott Burrows
Skin Box House
Man|architects’ Skin Box House is a solution to the problem a narrow sloping site poses to increasing the size of a modest house. Additions include a hovering box with a diaphanous polycarbonate skin and a rooftop terrace with city skyline views. The ‘skin box’ reflects light and shadow by day and glows at night providing an ever changing appearance.
The conceptual and literal lightness of the materiality floats over the unified living area and garden below.
The retention of existing birch trees provides a conceptual grounding to the garden experience, and new joinery, fencing, insertions, internal and external timber linings to ceiling, and a fully glazed wall dissolve the barrier between the interior and exterior.
Photo credit: Superk
Ulumbarra Theatre Project
Y2 Architecture are responsible for the transformation of Bendigo’s former Sandhurst Gaol into the city’s new Ulumbarra Theatre. In a move that reimagines the gaol’s relationship to the town, visitors are now invited to enter through a new break in the old prison wall. The theatre’s contemporary facilities are deliberately located to rear of the site, drawing patrons through the heart of the old building. The design encourages exploration of the site’s heritage and the way old meets new. For example, the gaol’s original radiating ‘Pentoville’ plan becomes apparent when viewing the new black box hospitality wing. Externally, the former kitchen gardens have been reinvigorated to form an outdoor dining area.
Photo credit: Y2 Architecture