Fitzroy Loft / Architects EAT

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  • Architects: Architects EAT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Photographs
    Photographs: Derek Swalwell
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Breezway
Fitzroy Loft / Architects EAT - Facade, Windows, Beam, Courtyard
© Derek Swalwell

Text description provided by the architects. Fitzroy Loft is located inside the 125 years old MacRobertson Chocolate Factory in Fitzroy, adapted for mostly residential use in the early 90s. With original concrete floor and sawtooth roof structure, the space that our project occupies is a strata title on the first floor, with its own entry door at street level.

Fitzroy Loft / Architects EAT - Shelving
© Derek Swalwell

We approached the conversion mindful of its context and historical significance. Up keeping the integrity of the original factory bones was vital. Walls and floors that were built in more recent years, where torn down to expose charred beams and remnant paint, scares of its past. This was left untouched.

Fitzroy Loft / Architects EAT - Table, Chair, Beam
© Derek Swalwell

Within this, the architectural strategy was to devise a series of spaces linked by 3 internal voids: these vertical emptiness not only allow us to highlight the original factory heights, but more importantly let light and air deep inside, allowing it to breathe. 



The first void is the Courtyard. Enclosed by the Northern boundary wall and terminated at the ridge of the first gable, it is directly connected to the main living room and kitchen; the homes own “Aussie Backyard”. In place of the roof we removed to create the open air garden, a fine galvanised expanded mesh is used on top of the existing roof joists, minimising disruption to the original façade and maintaining consistency in view from the public domain. 

Fitzroy Loft / Architects EAT - Table, Wood, Windows, Stairs, Chair, Beam, Handrail
© Derek Swalwell

The second void is located as a zoning device, separating the living spaces from the private zones. A suspended steel bridge is used to link the upper spaces, its perforated floor further hints at its lightness. Louvre windows are placed at the top of the sawtooth, allowing hot air to escape in summer months by way of cross ventilation. 

Fitzroy Loft / Architects EAT - Windows, Facade
© Derek Swalwell
First Floor Plan
Fitzroy Loft / Architects EAT - Sofa, Table, Windows, Beam
© Derek Swalwell

The third void is placed in the library, displaying the original timber column and beam, and allowing the soft southern ambient light to touch the library and the mezzanine study above. 


Steel structure and fenestrations are used throughout the new insertions so as to distinguish them from their original timber counterpart. Whereas the joinery finishes are chosen for the slight industrial lineage to the historic fabric.

Fitzroy Loft / Architects EAT - Beam, Bed, Windows
© Derek Swalwell

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Address:Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

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Cite: "Fitzroy Loft / Architects EAT" 08 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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