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Commercial Design – New Project

Fresh Faced

Commercial Design – New Project
Dean Picken Design
(03) 5562 9823
Dean Picken & Robin Sharrock

This project is the culmination of almost 70 years of a colourful and varied history for this site, having previously been an art-deco style pharmacy, and later a fish and chip shop which was ultimately destroyed by fire. Dean Picken Designs were asked to reinstate the building, enlarging the downstairs space for commercial tenancy and to include a luxury self-contained apartment on the upper level.

Rather than use mock heritage features, the clients agreed to take a fresh approach to the site, integrating the contemporary design within the street’s historic context. Taking inspiration from the forms, materials and structures already existing in the area, the designer has seamlessly melded the old with the new.

Products and materials have been sourced from the local area, including the characteristic bluestone which features prominently on the surrounding volcanic landscape.

The upper and lower levels are on two separate titles, giving the client capacity to segregate the lower level into an individual shop at some future point, if necessary.

Upstairs, the sleek and modern apartment has achieved five-star rating and includes two bedrooms, bathroom and a large, airy living space. This opens out onto a westerly facing courtyard. The entire apartment has been insulated for sound-proofing and warmth.

Without capacity for glazing along the building’s length, the designer instead opted to incorporate plenty of roof light, using lighter interior colours and surfaces to emphasise the sense of space.

The Judges described this as an excellent example of a commercially designed replacement building in a heritage area. The sensitivities of the history in which the site sits have been reflected in the overall consideration of the design response. The commercial façade integrates well with the extensive use of timber paneling and framing around windows and doors, and the rebated timber shopfront window is a contemporary interpretation of the shopfronts in heritage precincts. The use of bluestone cladding and the use of timber combine to create a modern reflection of the history of the place which results in a blend of the current commercial building with the historic setting.