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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


Tip Top

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

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Photo credit: Scott Burrows.

Photo credit: Superk.

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Photo credit: Peter Clarke Photography.

Photo credit: Latitude Group.

Photo credit: Sharon Walker, On Location Photography.

Photo credit: Virginia Mannering.

Huntingdale Golf Course

A defining feature of Inarc Architecture’s Huntingdale Golf Club project is the clubhouse’s terracotta tiled roof. Conceived as six interconnected gables of varying sizes, the roof consciously echoes that of the original 1941 building. The exterior also features cypress sunshades, spotted gum cladding, and intricately patterned white brick walls.

Inside, a raked and folded timber ceiling traces the undulating form of the roof above. This is complemented by experimental folded copper panelling, stone mantels and timber veneer joinery. Making the project particularly notable was the use of full sized prototypes, and the fact building took place within a live environment, with club members teeing off less than one hundred metres away from construction.

 Photo credit: Peter Clarke Photography



12 x 12 and 2×2 are two retail spaces, designed by Index Architecture, for small and emerging makers and traders in Melbourne’s historic Donkey Wheel House. To accommodate the changing roster of tenants, the shop/gallery features a customisable plywood wall, using a system of removable dowels and shelves. The system allows exhibitors to hang clothes, bags and similar products, while shelves of different sizes can be moved in place to support different types of display. The centre of the space includes a large ‘touch’ table fabricated from sustainably sourced plywood, prompting visitors to handle and interact with products on display.

 Photo credit: Latitude Group


Feast of Merit

Ewert Leaf worked pro bono for the YGAP foundation to produce the fit out for Feast of Merit, the charity’s Richmond restaurant and bar. Bi fold windows lined with low bench seats allow patrons to directly engage with Swan St, while the open servery section means the inner workings of the restaurant are also visible to diners. In keeping with the project’s charitable agenda, many of the materials used, including the timber clad bench, copper pipes and furniture, were reclaimed, and the bespoke light fittings were donated. Street artist Dan Wenn created a colourful mural that articulates the café’s corner position and reflects the character of the neighbourhood.

 Photo credit: Sharon Walker, On Location Photography


Women. Wikipedia. Design

In the weeks leading up to International Women’s Day 2015, the independent American group Architexx highlighted the pitiful number of women architects represented on the crowd built resource, Wikipedia. To rectify this they asked for volunteers across the globe to write new entries. So on Sunday 8 March a group of Melbourne’s scribe-architects gathered at Sibling’s Fitzroy studio to rewrite history. Melbourne-based activists Parlour provided reference material, while Alysia Bennett patiently offered IT and Wikipedia support. An enjoyable and therapeutic day was spent writing and collectively and symbolically ‘unforgetting’ the invisible women of our architectural history.

 Photo credit: Virginia Mannering