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Clarendon Street Office Renovation

Winner Heritage Conservation Project - Non-Residential

Joint Winner Interior Design: Non-Residential

Designer:DCA DesignBuilder:Momentum
Phone:(03) 9682 6655 Photographer:Matthew Mallett 

This is a successful heritage conservation project where the commercial floor area has been greatly increased without intrusive alteration of the significant fabric. The existing roof space allowed for insertion of a mezzanine floor. The addition of a lift and roof deck to the existing building was carried out with minimal impact through the use of a glazed lift shaft and a glass balustrade set back from the facade. New openings were restricted to the side of the building so as not to interrupt the existing pattern of fenestration that is characteristic of buildings of this type.

The internal space was stripped out, and existing brickwork and roof trusses exposed, contrasting with new white-painted plaster walls and stained timber lined ceilings. Services were exposed along with introduced structural elements. A quirky touch is provided in a wall lined with reclaimed timber doors of various sizes and patterns.

The mezzanine floor appears to float over the existing floor with minimal vertical support, an open stair and glazed balustrade. A timber handrail atop the balustrade and red painted pipework provide dynamic linear patterns in the large open space.

The success of this project lies not only in the increase of leasable floor area, but also in the fact that it eschews the blandness so often associated with renovation of commercial space. The result is a light filled, cheerful and energetic space in which it would be a joy to work.