This Fitzroy loft is the warehouse conversion to rival all warehouse conversions. Once the iconic MacRobertson chocolate factory, it was the winner of the residential design award at the Australian Interior Design Awards this year.
Now being heritage listed, the building has a 125-year history, first being subdivided in the 80’s and again in the 90’s. Before the construction of this breathtaking home, the space was used for commercial purposes. Albert Mo, director of Architects EAT, was able to alter designs throughout the development to coincide with the unique complexion of the building. “If you buy a historical warehouse, why hide it?” he says.
Many of the original features are still seen throughout the build, keeping the original bricks, timber columns and the existing roof structure, which is bound by timber trusses. It’s these timeless features that give the loft a plethora of character, bridging the gap between new and old.
Impressive structural engineering of the steel bridge connecting the upstairs mezzanine on either side of the loft, a feat in itself. The floor to ceiling wall of glass provides ample natural light into the living spaces. A narrow master ensuite made to feel spacious, with high ceilings and a wall of windows that continues up the entire void from the downstairs living space. Finally, perfect combinations of differing finishes and textures throughout the home compliment the styling to provide a real sense of luxury. A dream warehouse conversion/home for any Aussie and definitely worthy of a few awards.