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Architect’s Warehouse

Architect: Idle Architecture Studio

City of Yarra | Y12

Whether it was love-at-first-sight is hard to say, but it was definitely potential-at-first-sight when we inspected this derelict warehouse in 2013. Having purchased the property shortly after, we realised that what we had bought was simple – some bricks, a couple of trusses, some steel beams, an asbestos roof and an open, voluminous space. Located in Cremorne, the site had a long and chequered history having been home to the Village Belle Hotel, a malting plant, mechanics, glaziers, and in recent times, an illegal marijuana-growing facility. Idle Architecture tenure aimed to instil new life into this building, while respecting its layered past. The deep, lofty space presented numerous challenges and opportunities. Many in-house discussions followed, exploring endless possibilities – the task of designing their own workspace was equally exciting as daunting for the practice. In essence it needed to be rich in character and to facilitate their collaborative approach, while being flexible, functional and welcoming. The old warehouse has now transformed into a modern workspace. Expansive windows frame views of this historic precinct and welcome natural light and ventilation. Original components sit alongside thoughtfully inserted new elements to create a rich, textural, revitalized building.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: There is no lift, so prams and wheelchairs will not be able to access first floor office area

  • Tour Type: Y12

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm running for 15 minutes, in groups of 10

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: Guided tours by the architects

  • Year Built: 2018

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  • Transport: Tram Stop: Lennox St/Swan St on route 70

  • Photo Credit: Megan Harrison


15 Cubitt Street, Cremorne 3121, VIC


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