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FAB9 Makerspace

Architect: Therefore & Ample 2019

City of Maribyrnong | M01

Building Description

Located in a heritage-listed former mill, FAB9, part of co-working hub The Dream Factory, is one of the latest ventures to occupy this impressive example of late nineteenth century multi-storey industrial architecture. FAB9 is a space to experiment and explore through making.

The building is noted for its unified design on a massive scale, representing the heights of industrial developments of its era. It was built for the Barnett Glass Rubber factory, and later occupied by Bradford Mills, the Global Villages warehouse complex (where countless rave parties took place), and the headquarters of travel publisher Lonely Planet. Today, it is a coworking space.

FAB9 is made up of five distinct labs under one roof, including a Timber shop, a Digital Fabrication lab, a CNC lab, an Electronics lab and an Assembly area. The space has been purpose-built so designers and makers of all skill levels can access the training, tools and prototyping equipment needed to turn ideas into physical realities.

What's On

Visitors will be led on a tour of FAB9, the makerspace located on the ground floor, the second level co-working space, as well as the rooftop terrace which offers a spectacular view of Melbourne’s skyline

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10.30am–2.30pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm running 60 minutes in groups of 20.

  • Access: Fully accessible, 12 years and above.

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)

  • Transport: Footscray Railway Station: Train routes Sunbury, Williamstown, Werribee, Watergardens and Laverton. Bus routes 220 or 409

  • Photo Credit: UAvisuals, Artist render

Location

90 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray VIC 3011, Footscray VIC

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