Ginger Jones is a new cafe in the heart of Dandenong. The cafe brings a building that has been derelict for over 10 years back to life and makes a valuable contribution to Lonsdale Street.
Preserving and restoring the existing masonry walls, existing concrete floors and exposing the timber ceiling structure, the shell of the building retains the character of the original. Establishing a sustainable approach to re-development by retaining much of the existing building fabric and exploiting the latent qualities of the materials and spaces.
New steel framed windows, including a curved shopfront, complement the existing building shell and provide an improved relationship and contribution to the streetscape. A new timber stair and tables constructed of reclaimed Victorian Ash possess an innate character that blends with the existing robust materials. A concrete benchtop extends from the shopfront into the cafe. New timber veneer joinery and stair balustrade add a freshness and sharpness to the interior that completes the fit-out.
A commercial kitchen and new bathrooms were added to the rear of the property to ensure the longevity and adaptability of the project. The first floor contains a large dining room to cater for larger groups of people, an office and a roof deck to the rear providing a more private outdoor space away from Lonsdale Street.
The cafe responds to the ambitions of the Revitalising Central Dandenong master plan and aims to set a new precedent on Lonsdale Street to encourage sustainable and quality design.
Project Team: Rupert Finlason, Thom Winwood Mckenzie, Matt McClurg, Lauren Young
A renovation of an unusual brick and bluestone residence that was constructed by a previous owner. Untrue walls, crumbling masonry construction and many unexpected finds presented a number of challenges to the architect, owner and builder.
Preserving the stronger elements of the existing house including exposed and painted brickwork, bluestones and timber beams new materials and elements were installed to rejuvenate the home.
A new solid oak timber floor and painting the ceiling white creates a feeling of a light filled and spacious interior. Numerous variations of junctions and details were considered to ensure the new additions seamlessly integrate with the existing. A new kitchen and bathroom complete the interior renovation.
Externally a new large ironbark deck creates an outdoor living space at the floor level of the living room and kitchen to function as the main outdoor space. Elevated in the canopy of the trees and supported by large solid ironbark timber posts the new deck has the same solidity and presence as the masonry of the existing house. Over the next few years grape vines will cover the timber frame and provide natural screening, greenery and colour to the deck and living areas.
Collaborators: Matt McClurg
A beautiful home with a lot of character presented the unusual challenge of improving functionality, providing additional storage and rectifying a number of structural and services issues whilst retaining the charm of the original.
A careful series of interventions were designed that aimed to reinforce the character of the home and blend into the existing house making it difficult to perceive what was new and what was existing.
A new bathroom, herring-bone black butt timber flooring to the entrance foyer and travertine flooring to the kitchen, timber veneer walk in robe and bookcase with brass detailing to capture light and the marks of use, a new skylight to an existing bedroom and bricking up an existing opening were all designed to become part of the home without disrupting the feel of the original.
New sub-floor ventilation and structure, new insulation and replacing existing services presented a series of challenges within the existing masonry and bluestone construction and are all but invisible in the final appearance of the spaces. Carefully concealed lighting illuminates the existing spaces without being directly visible or interfering with the traditional arrangement of a single pendant light and ceiling rose within the spaces.
Small moments of beauty were created with the use of materials that possess an inherent beauty including brass, timber, travertine and bevelled ceramic tiles. The detailing of these new yet traditional materials and their integration into the existing palette of materials and details such as the lead light windows and timber ornament express ideas about craftsmanship, inhabitation, and capture both light and use as it changes throughout the day whilst enhancing an awareness of the beauty of the existing house.
Trade Training Centre
TWA were engaged to prepare a concept design for a new Trade Training Centre in the North Western Region of Melbourne for a funding application.
The brief consolidates a number of trade based subjects into a single building for the surrounding area. The building satisfies an important need in the community and is intended to be used both by the school and the community outside of school hours to activate the site and further strengthen the relationship the school has with the neighbourhood. A new main entrance is designed as a separate and secure entrance to the TTC and engineering building. Both buildings can be accessed independently of the school enabling community use.
The plan is designed as a flexible series of functional rooms that are connected internally and with views towards the surrounding roads. The design avoids awkward and inflexible spaces to provide a series of spaces that can be adapted to multiple uses over time to respond to changes in the program.
The bold form of the project creates a needed presence on the street for the street and is an effective use of the dominant material of the school.
Rainwater harvesting, grey water treatment, a green roof and photo voltaic solar panels are proposed in the design and provide an opportunity for the school to generate water and electricity for the school.