Latitude/Longitude: -33.8976, 151.175
The conversion of Francis Crago’s disused, landmark 19th-century flourmill into strata office studios in Sydney’s Newtown provides an attractive alternative for creative small-business people seeking the conveniences of the inner city. Fitted out with carpets made from recycled PET plastic bottles, incorporating secure bicycle lock-up facilities and a changing room, and offering an internet car booking system called ‘Go-Get’, the studios also satisfy a growing demand for environmentally-aware workplaces.
The building’s history is kept alive with the preservation of original timber columns and beams, loading-bay doors, historic fire-doors and the remnants of the drive shafts, wheels and belts that once powered the mill. In some of the studios, the warehouse-style soaring double-height spaces with concrete ceilings, steel beams and soda hoppers, which were used at the time to make flour, can still be found. The entrance courtyard is topped by a framework of original steel columns and beams and is overlooked by balconies adapted from the Mill’s loading bays. The Studios’ new café, located beside the entrance, will provide a vibrant meeting place, with seating extending into the courtyard.
Allen Jack+Cottier were also responsible for the design of all signage, including a series of historically evocative enamel signs, which interpret the heritage significance of the building.
Contributed by Allen Jack+Cottier
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