Affectionately named ‘Squeezebox and the Enamaller’, the project is the transformation of a 1950’s enamelling workshop into a modern multi-residential building in Brunswick.
The existing building is an icon to local residents, with the previous owner operating for 50 years. Understanding the existing building’s local value and linking to the suburbs old manufacturing nature, the design is inspired by evolving the building’s usage and the inherent interplay of its industrial past and residential future.
At the ground level, the “enameller” meticulously retains the existing brick industrial building. Extending the industrial narrative, the two-level addition creates a point of distinction with its modern detailing and fine repetition floating above. A concertina design along the west façade provides a system to create penetrations for light and ventilation while providing privacy along the public laneway. The rhythm of the “squeezebox” carries over the edge of the building creating a pergola for the front residence.
Externally, two ‘golden flecks’ penetrate the ‘squeezebox’, like gems. Internally these create programmatic opportunities for private planted balconies off the master bedroom in two deluxe apartments.
Working closely with the developer and the buyers, six three-storey homes are customised to provide highly relevant individual responses. Each is shaped around its north roof garden, giving maximum exposure for light, whilst eliminating additional overshadowing to neighbouring properties, and shielding views into adjacent backyards. Each provides private outdoor space, covered parking, studies and many unique features to embrace liveability within the increased density. The interiors carry through the industrial materials and detailing.
Staying true to a robust history, ‘Squeezebox and the Enamaller’ is a series of homes made up of layers of steel, brick and enamel, dancing with the existing shell.Back to Projects