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Hardwick Building – Studio 01

Architect: HW & FB Tompkins

North | N07

The Hardwick Building on Sydney Road Brunswick, was designed by Myer Melbourne Architects HW & FB Tompkins and was the first steel-constructed building in Victoria. Iconic since its construction in 1908 it is an important example of American Romanesque Architecture. Originally the Hooper’s Department Store, the building has undergone many different occupations over the last 110 years including wedding-dress makers, Hardwick Bridal, and most recently the creative home to over eight creative studios. Setsquare Studio (Interior Design) and Placemark Studio (Graphic, Digital and Spatial Design) occupy Studio 01 on the First Floor. A light-filled 50-square-metre atelier, the space boasts original arched windows and large steel beams. New additions of timber, stone and indoor vegetation make for a calm and creative working environment in the heart of Brunswick.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-2pm

  • What's Open: Studio spaces on Level 1

  • Special Note: The studio is on the first floor with no lift access.

  • Tour Type: N07

  • Access: Able bodied access only

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: An exhibition of work produced by Studio 01 including Interiors, Landscape and Branding

  • Year Built: 1908

  • Transport: Stop 23: Sydney Rd/Victoria St on route 19.

  • Photo Credit: Tom Harper


Studio 01, first floor, 459 Sydney Road (accessed via Ballarat St), VIC


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