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Our tactile studio transforms the industrial nature of the inner suburb.

As industries become global, generational change occurs, and cities increase density and use. Our studio is built around and within a former mid-twentieth century outpost of an English paint manufacturer.

We extended a thin sliver of space along one edge of the original building, creating a presence on the street that is both front door of the cafe at ground level and meeting spaces for the studio above. A perforated and corrugated zinc screen is both factory-like and highly wrought, both old and new, and the suggestion of studio activity behind is made visible.

The studio is on the first level, densely populated by staff, and a hive of activity and conversation. On the top floor, set beneath the original steel trusses and gable roof, a workshop space, quiet library, informal meeting, and kitchen connect with an external terrace with views across neighbouring rooftops.

The contrast of these two types of space allow for both intense focus and quiet contemplation. Our clients interact with both spaces, gaining an integrated understanding of the diversity of work undertaken across their projects.

  • Traditional Custodians Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people
  • Client Wardle
  • Location Collingwood, Melbourne
  • Project Duration 2011 – 2012
  • Floor Levels 3
  • Floor Area 1620 sqm
  • Selected Awards
  • Commendation for Commercial Architecture, AIA Victorian Chapter 2014
  • Commendation for Interior Architecture, AIA Victorian Chapter 2014
  • Commendation for Urban Design, AIA Victorian Chapter 2014

Lemon Middle & Orange Cafe


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