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Winner of the Best of State of Residential Interior
Design Award (WA) at the national 2009 Interior
Design Awards and the Laminex Award of
Excellence at the 2008 DIA (WA) Awards, this
heritage-listed, cutting-edge loft cleverly mixes
the old with the new.
The brief was to create a contemporary,
dynamic living space within the existing
warehouse, where specific heritage limitations
were at the forefront of the design concept – it
was important that the existing building fabric
was not compromised.
The warehouse was transformed into a
residential loft, first and foremost through the
insertion of a striking central core. Serving as
the engine room of the space, the core creates a
theatrical backdrop and conceals a staircase to
the mezzanine level, which houses two bedrooms
and an ensuite.
It also cleverly divides the space, creating a
sense of intimacy, and provides functionality,
housing the study desk, LCD television, pantry,
laundry and additional storage spaces, eliminating
any visual clutter.
To create an even more spacious feel, natural
light was introduced with the addition of glazing
punctuations. These remain private thanks to the
use of frosted glass and cabinetry, which also
divide the space.
The raw bricks of the existing shell were
painted white, while the central core unit is in a
deep, glossy charcoal, allowing the distinction
between the existing space and the new
insertion to be amplified.
Existing timber trusses were restored to expose
their raw state, and were further accentuated by
lighting, adding drama to the overall space.
The contrasting material selections reinforce
the ‘new versus old’ ethos that characterises
the space, while the design demonstrates how
an existing space, which may have appeared
to have had its day, can be transformed into
something beautiful and functional.
Brooking Design Practice
117 South Terrace, Fremantle
Phone: (08) 9336 3888
What was once a tired, one-bedroom,
one-bathroom apartment was transformed into
a two-bedroom, two-bathroom masterpiece.
Brooking Design Practice building designer profile
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