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Blackwood Street Bunker

Architect: Clare Cousins Architects

North | N04

Through the combined effort of its new occupants, a construction company and an architecture studio, this 1970s office block has been given a new life. Located in North Melbourne, and hidden under a layer of custard-coloured render for several decades, the Brutalist materiality was revealed after eight weeks of painstaking labour chipping off the suffocating crust. The decision to invest in this formerly unloved building has provided an alternative to its likely demolition. Retaining the shell and reusing parts of the original fitout, the challenge was to create a non-corporate environment that would evoke a sense of authenticity and capability. While rarely collaborating professionally, these businesses had previously shared a building and were keen to retain and enhance a sense of community. Unlike many shared studios which co-habit an entry and front-of-house amenities, this 440m2 floor-plan works in reverse. Separate entries and offices lead through to a generous shared zone including kitchen, breakout-space and deck. The deck is the heart of the shared concept, with both offices and the kitchen/breakout space opening onto it through large banks of operable glazing. These shared facilities benefit both organisations professionally, socially, and spatially.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sunday 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: Ground and first floor offices and studio

  • Tour Type: Guided, queue

  • Tour Details: Tours will run every 15 minutes with 10 people per tour.

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Facilities: Limited mobility access, Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: built c.1979, renovated 2013

  • Website: http://clarecousins.com.au

  • Tram Stops: Stop 12: Flemington Rd/Peel St on route 55.

Location

28 Blackwood St North Melbourne 3051 Australia, VIC