Located in Fitzroy, a once working class inner-city suburb of Melbourne that has become one of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods, this recently renovated family residence occupies an interwar factory which Hong Kong and Melbourne-based architectural studio HOLA PROJECTS has transformed, inspired by the owners’ affinity for early European Modernism, into a contemporary dwelling with a Bauhausian aesthetic that pays homage to its industrial past.
这座不起眼的单层砖砌建筑建于1920年，曾经是为Federal Trolley and Truck Company公司提供城市有轨电车的车轴和起落架的制造设施的地方。它与当地其他工业设施的区别，以及被列为遗产的原因，在于其具有不寻常的砖砌装饰艺术风格的墙面，这成为了这座建筑的一个特色，并以金属标牌命名。建筑师完整的保留了建筑原本的砖瓦，并对外墙进行了精心翻新，其外部的复古与内部的现代完全转变相悖，但也碰撞出了不一样的美感。
Built in 1920, the brick building is a modest, one-storey structure that used to house the Federal Trolley and Truck Company, a manufacturing facility for axles and undercarriages for the city’s trams. What distinguishes it from other local industrial facilities, and the reason it has been listed as a heritage property, is its Art Deco-inspired façade which features a stepped parapet adorned by an unusual corbelled brick decoration and the company’s name in slender metal signage. The architects have kept the building’s original brick shell intact including the façade which has been meticulously refurbished, its retro sensibility belying the complete transformation that has taken place inside.
A dominant element in the interior design is the visible steel structure, which reinforces the original building fabric and supports the upper floor. Painted black, it also alludes to the building’s industrial past as does the steel-framed glazing, and the use of wired glass panels that separate the kitchen from the dining area. The industrial references are complemented by a modernist sensibility of uncluttered and sleek lines and a neutral palette of white plaster walls, light grey stone floors in the communal areas and natural solid timber for the bedroom floors. The modernist aesthetic is further enhanced by a dramatic white concrete spiral staircase that channels Le Corbusier, as well as by an eclectic collection of mid-century furniture and light fittings, while the owners’ exuberant art collection and selection of vintage carpets add splashes of colour.
From bespoke Japanese elm cabinetry in the dressing room and custom laid marble mosaic in the master bathroom, to custom cast bronze window levers, bespoke wardrobe leather pulls and commissioned bronze doorknobs, every detail in the house has been carefully thought out and meticulously crafted. The architects’ emphasis on craftsmanship not only ensures the project’s quality, longevity, and elegance, but also pays homage to the building’s former life of manufacturing excellence.