This adaptive reuse of a former warehouse has maintained the exterior almost untouched, with only a few new windows inserted into existing openings. This soft touch has been extended to the interior, where original brick walls have been exposed and the large timber roof trusses highlighted as the starting point for the conversion to a 4 bedroom home, with self contained guest accommodation, a home office, to be used as an equine genetics laboratory and a large garage to store a collection of classic sports cars.
There was a strong emphasis on maintaining an industrial feel to the conversion with new work complementary but clearly distinguished from original fabric. The upper level is divided on strict alignment with the existing trusses with the underside of the trusses used as a horizontal datum, with all solid walls stopping at this level with clear glazing above to enclose the cellular spaces, while allowing visual continuity of the trusses and ceiling throughout the space.
A large, hot/cold and noisy space has been transformed into a comfortable family home by locating all household spaces on the upper level, effectively a single storey house, while ancillary spaces are on the lower level. Large outdoor recreation spaces flow off the main living space, allowing natural light and ventilation, as well as views to the sky and new landscaping, where even the family dog gets real grass on the terrace. Material and furniture choices provide comfort, low maintenance and colour to enliven the space.
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