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Water Factory: Extended Family House Takes Shape Inside Industrial Warehouse

If you love the adaptive reuse of structures, then you are bound to instantly fall in love with the Water Factory in North Fitzroy, Victoria. Revamped and refurbished by Andrew Simpson Architects, this Aussie home showcases a wonderful fusion of heritage exterior and contemporary interior, with each influencing the other in a remarkable fashion. While the classic brick exterior of this once-thriving warehouse had to be left almost completely untouched, the interiors were completely overhauled to accommodate two individual residences with separate entrances – a design that perfectly meets the needs of an extended modern family.

Heritage exterior of 19th century industrial warehouse turned into modern home in North Fitzroy

The major focus inside was on lighting and ventilation, with a series of skylights and the stairwell bringing sunlight from the top level into the lower floor. Large, open and sweeping spaces are clad in white to accentuate the positives, while the existing wooden trusses are combined with a modern ceiling to bring in the best of both worlds. Exposed brick wall sections in various rooms also add to the appeal of an otherwise contemporary setting, with the lower level containing the living area and the top floor housing the bedrooms along with the kitchen and dining space.

Operable, sliding panels bring in another layer of flexibility and adaptability to a beautiful and sensible makeover that draws you in with its distinct industrial-modern flavor and smart utilization of space. [Photography: Shannon McGrath]

Parking space inside the house also carries an air of historic charm

Flood of light illuminates the lower level from top floor

Smart indoor partitions create a home within a home

Upper level dining area and kitchen of renovated industrial warehouse home

Fabulous modern kitchen of contemporary home in Australia that was once an industrial warehouse

Kitchen extends into the wooden deck outside

Indoor-outdoor inteplay of the modern kitchen inside Water Factory in North Fitzroy

The ceiling geometry which intersects with the original warehouse roof trusses, varies and undulates along the cross-section of the building. It contains the electrical and mechanical services and in its gable pitches creates an abstract allusion of several houses being contained within the main volume.

Open kitchen space and living area with ample natural light

Skylights bring in sunlight to the top level of the house

Interesting use of the gabled roof adds to the visual of the interior

Original roof trusses and modern ceiling meet inside the converted warehouse residence

Master bedroom of the Water Factory

Exposed brick walls stand in contrast to the white, modern surfaces inside the house

Contemporary bathroom in white with skylight and standalone bathtub

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