This project involves a rooftop addition to an existing 3 level warehouse style building in Smith Street Fitzroy. The site is on a corner with Moor Street and is roughly in the middle of the busy Smith Street commercial strip. The surrounding commercial and residential buildings in the vicinity are of a great variety, Victorian, Edwardian, some post war and also vary with height, bulk and finishes. The particular building at 231 Smith Street is a reasonably simple utilitarian commercial building probably used as a warehouse and retail over its course and now continues its commercial use as a restaurant /bar on the upper levels and retail at the base. The façade is punctuated with large fenestration openings, notably arched to the upper the floor.
Our design proposal is suitably setback on all sides to the existing parapet edge and sits as a buttressed ‘çrown’ on top the existing roof. The form is reminiscent of a simple almost industrial style extrusion with a raking frame, rolled over mansard roof and projecting tall dormer windows. These elements have been assembled to re-interpret familiar formal strategies of the era into a contemporary solution that emphasises modern compact living with a green edge. All units will have access to decks, cross ventilation as well as a rooftop garden and other communal facilities.
There has been a clear distinction made between the existing and proposed building, yet they sit well together and we believe co-habit in a complimentary way. With the addition being set back, the existing heritage building is not compromised and will be further embellished with its green edges, re-instated parapet and formal resolution as one peers upwards.
Within the local context, culture and built landscape, the project is seen as an appropriate contribution to the Fitzroy / Collingwood precinct and surrounding environs.
Project Team : Grant Amon, Stephen Herbst, Francisco Monjardino, Lauren Zmood in collaboration with Neometro and MA Architects
Interiors: MA Architects
Architectural Model: Paul Cater
Photos: Derek Swalwell