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Up-Cycled Warehouse / Zen Architects

  • 20:00 - 9 September, 2017
Up-Cycled Warehouse / Zen Architects
Up-Cycled Warehouse / Zen Architects, © Emma Cross
© Emma Cross

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Richmond, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Ric Zen, Penny Guild
  • Area

    240.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Emma Cross
© Emma Cross

Text description provided by the architects. The ethos behind the conversion of this 1960's warehouse was to retain and re-use as much of the existing building as possible while still transforming it into a comfortable and energy efficient family home.

© Emma Cross
© Emma Cross

The philosophy of retaining and re-using materials was applied throughout the project. In addition to the building envelope being retained, many original elements were re-used.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The existing warehouse floor slab was also kept, partially due to restricted site access, but also for its inherent embodied energy.

© Emma Cross
© Emma Cross

The addition of a north-facing courtyard provides a generous amount of light and heat in winter in an otherwise poorly oriented building. Cross ventilation is achieved through new high level louvres. Mezzanine rooms float within the original volume and structure of the warehouse. A new raised deck links the living areas with the courtyard.


By inserting a garden and light into an existing warehouse we have created an warm and liveable family home.

© Emma Cross
© Emma Cross

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Cite: "Up-Cycled Warehouse / Zen Architects" 09 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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