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Flour Mill Studios, Sydney, Australia 
Thursday 06 Dec 2007
 
New meets old 
 
Allen Jack + Cottier 
 
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Allen Jack + Cottier designs the Flour Mill Studios in Sydney 

Interesting things happen when worlds collide. The conversion of a disused flour mill into one of Sydney’s most anticipated office developments began as a collage of ideas. Intimate, funky, industrial, Flourmill Studios is an exciting – if unprecedented – fusion of new meets old.

The brainchild of property developer, Andrew Podgornik, the studios are a lean, green alternative for creative small-business people who appreciate an inner-city location.

Carpets are made from recycled PET plastic bottles, the cyclists’ room is fitted out with secure bike and personal lockers, and a shared ‘Go Get’ car is available to occupants via an internet booking system. But the building’s tangible grain, from weathered brickwork to rusted apparatus, proved irresistible to project architect, Kate Mountstephens, and the adaptive re-use team.

“Some studios will feature warehouse style timber columns and beams, original timber loading-bay doors, historic sliding fire doors, and the remnants of the drive shafts, wheels and belts that once powered the mill,” says Kate. Other studios will take advantage of soaring double-height spaces with concrete ceilings, steel beams and an overhead soda hopper once used to produce flour.

Common ‘break out’ areas will incorporate balconies and tea stations, providing informal meeting places for all the buildings users. Topped by a framework of original steel columns and beams, the entrance courtyard will be overlooked by balconies adapted from the Mill’s loading bays. To one side of the entrance, the Studios’ new café will provide a vibrant meeting place, with seating extending into the courtyard.

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