Selected as a masterful example of architectural repurposing, the overall winner of Australia’s 2011 Interior Design Excellence Awards (Idea) is the Strelein Warehouse project, by Sydney-based Ian Moore Architects. It transformed a 19th century former grocery warehouse into an ultra sleek, two-storey, private living space.
To conserve precious floor area, the architects installed an unusually thin (10 mm) black steel plate partitioning wall, which flows throughout the space from the ground-floor entrance – separating off the garage and the stairs.
Salvaged timber doors, windows, staircases and the retention of the building’s original brick and sandstone walls tie the home to its industrial heritage, but there’s also a distinctive nod to the new direction of the space. Deliberately choosing to display the union of old and new, existing structural elements have been painted white, while new additions are drenched in black.
Held at the end of November, Idea has 14 different categories celebrating the best in Australian architecture, sustainability, and emerging talent. Other winners this year include Melbourne studio Andrew Maynard Architects’ Mash House for its innovative use of outdoor space, and the eco-friendly Hill Plains House by Melbourne-based Wolveridge architects.
For more on upcycled and converted spaces, take a look at the report Upcylced Spaces.